This is an original recipe given to me from Sicilian relatives. Pasta is tossed with a simple tomato sauce, then topped with fried eggplant, ricotta salata, and hot peppers. The cut of pasta is not too important, it is good even with spaghetti.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
27 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 7 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine eggplant and 2 tablespoons salt in a large bowl with water to cover. Place a plate on top of the eggplant to weigh it down and keep it covered in water for about 30 minutes. Drain and rinse eggplant in cool water. Pat dry and cut into cubes.

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  • Combine tomato puree, 1 teaspoon rock salt, garlic, and basil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce flavors combine, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute eggplant until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and toss with the tomato-basil sauce; divide into 4 serving bowls. Top with eggplant. Sprinkle 1/4 the ricotta and 1/4 the diced pepper over each bowl.

Cook's Notes:

Tortiglioni pasta may be substituted for the penne.

If you can't find salted ricotta, try Pecorino Toscano or Pecorino Romano.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 11.8g 24% DV; carbohydrates 58.4g 19% DV; fat 10.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 7.4mg 3% DV; sodium 4571.7mg 183% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2020
Turned out great - I didn’t have any cheese but was tasty without as well and I didn't use the pepper. I sautéed some onion and extra garlic for the tomato sauce. Easy and very good. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2019
Not a fan..had much much better Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
01/18/2019
Not a fan..had much much better Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2020
This dish was pretty awesome and tasted just like it did on my last visit to Sicily - Basil and garlic are the stars in this dish. I just omitted the cayenne pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2020
Turned out great - I didn’t have any cheese but was tasty without as well and I didn't use the pepper. I sautéed some onion and extra garlic for the tomato sauce. Easy and very good. Read More
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