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Sicilian pasta… mouth-watering photos and video recipe!

Sicilian pasta

Rich and tasty, Sicilian pasta is prepared with fried aubergines, tomato and mozzarella. Impossible to resist its goodness!

Sicilian pasta is one of those first courses that you cannot help but love. Either because it is very simple to prepare, or because it lends itself to being made in advance , once you discover the recipe you will never abandon it. The ingredients are reminiscent of those of the classic parmigiana, so we will find fried aubergines , tomato sauce and mozzarella which, however, instead of forming layers, will season the pasta.

Obviously there are those who prepare it with aubergines cooked in other ways such as baked or grilled, but unfortunately they lose a bit of what is the substance of the original Sicilian pasta recipe: the rich and slightly oily flavour . You can use the Sicilian sauce to season any type of pasta but the rigatoni are ideal. Let's find out together how to prepare baked Sicilian pasta with all the photo steps and the video recipe .

Sicilian pasta
Sicilian pasta

How to prepare the Sicilian pasta recipe

Cut aubergines into cubes for Sicilian pasta

1. First wash the aubergines , remove the ends and cut the pulp into cubes about half a centimeter on each side.

Fry aubergines for Sicilian pasta

2. In a frying pan, preferably an iron one, heat two fingers of seed oil and fry the aubergines a few at a time until they are golden brown. As they are ready, drain them with a slotted spoon and pass them on absorbent paper.

Heat oil and garlic

3. Also prepare the tomato sauce: brown two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan with a clove of garlic .

Tomato sauce for Sicilian pasta

4. Add the tomato puree, the basil leaves and a pinch of salt and cook for about 30 minutes , just long enough for the sauce to reduce.

Cook pasta

5. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water for a couple of minutes less than indicated on the package. It should be al dente.

Season Sicilian pasta

6. Drain it and transfer it to a large bowl where you will also put almost all of the tomato sauce (except for 2-3 tablespoons), 2/3 of the diced and well-drained mozzarella, 3/4 of the aubergines and half of the Parmesan . Mix everything well.

Pan for Sicilian pasta

7. Take a baking dish and pour the remaining sauce on the bottom.

Put Sicilian pasta in pan
Put Sicilian pasta in pan

8. Then add the seasoned pasta.

Finish Sicilian pasta and put in the oven

9. Complete with the remaining ingredients and cook at 180°C for 30 minutes .

Sicilian pasta ready

10. Once ready, let the Sicilian pasta cool before serving.

This traditional Sicilian dish is really delicious. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something simpler, try the baked pasta with aubergines : you won't regret it!

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Sicilian pasta can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days . At the time of consumption you can heat it in the oven, in a pan or in the microwave. It also lends itself to being frozen , preferably after baking, for up to 2 months. In this case, we advise you to let it thaw completely before reheating it.

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