Pasta Alla Norma

By Ippolita Douglas Scotti:

Today, I'd love to share an original taste of Sicily with you with an iconic Sicilian dish—Pasta alla Norma. This pastasciutta (dry pasta) is poetry in your mouth. It has the passionate flavor of my country—rich, fresh, genuine, easy-to cook, and so good!

Pasta alla Norma is made with maccheroni (macaroni), tomato (fresh or canned), fried eggplant, garlic, and a touch of fresh basil. If you are lucky and can find smoked hard Ricotta (it's not easy to find—even in Florence), you can cook the dish just like the original recipe, but it's very good with