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Pasta All Norma

Pasta All Norma
Recipe Date:
February 3, 2022
Serving Size:
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 10 ozs Mezzi Rigatoni or Rigatoni
  • 1 1/2 lbs Eggplant, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Black Pepper
  • 3 ozs Proscuitto, roughly chopped into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 3 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 Fresno or serrano chile, seeded, if you like, and thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 1/2 lbs Sun Gold, cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 15 ozs can of diced tomatoes and their juice
  • 4 ozs fresh mozzarella, finely chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh herbs, such as basil and mint
  • Flakey salt, (for serving) optional

Heat oven to 425° F.

Step 1:
On a large rimmed sheet pan, toss the eggplant with 1/4 cup of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Spread everything evenly in one layer and roast until golden, 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through to enssure even browning.

Step 2:
While the eggplant roasts, make your sauce: In a deep, 12 inch skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium . Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to crisp and brown in spots, 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 3:
Add the shallot, garlic and chile to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot has softened and the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until they start to burst, pressing the tomatoes gently down with the back of a spatula or wooden spoon to help them along, 5-7 minutes. You want some of them to collapse and some to maintain their structure. Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juices and season with salt and pepper. Simmer while the eggplant finishes roasting, about 15 minutes more.

If the sauce appears dry, add 1/4 cup pasta water.

Step 4:
While you're making the sauce, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta.

Step 5:
When the eggplant is done, add it to the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Add the pasta and toss until everything is well coated with sauce, adding more pasta water if needed. Stir in the mozzarella and toss until it begins to melt.

Step 6:
Serve in the skillet or in bowls and top each portion with crispy prosciutto and fresh herbs. Season with flaky salt, if using.