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Pasta alla Norma

with Blistered Tomatoes and Fresh Basil


Pasta alla Norma is a traditional Sicilian dish packed with vegetables. Rounds of eggplant are cooked down until softened and are paired with plenty of blistered tomatoes. When you amp up the veggies, the pasta amount can come down, so we’ve included a whole box of Banza chickpea pasta but feel that half a box is an ample amount. Add olive oil to the skillet as necessary while cooking the eggplant, it will help it brown nicely and add to the texture of the sauce.

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30 min


  1. 1 box Banza penne
  2. 1 Italian eggplant
  3. 3 garlic cloves
  4. 6 oz cherry tomatoes
  5. ¼ tsp dried oregano
  6. ½ tsp red chile flakes
  7. Fresh basil
  8. 1 tbsp Follow Your Heart vegan parmesan
  9. 6 tbsp olive oil*
  10. Salt and pepper*
  11. *Not included
  12. **Allergens: Soy


  • Large nonstick skillet
  • Large pot


Cook the pasta

Rinse and dry all produce. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add half of the box of Banza penne, stir, and cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta in a colander.

Prepare the eggplant

Trim the eggplant and slice into thin rounds. Mince the garlic.

Cook the eggplant

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add half of the eggplant to the skillet in one layer and sprinkle with salt. Cook eggplant until softened and browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer eggplant to a plate. Repeat with 3 tbsp olive oil and remaining eggplant.

Blister the tomatoes

Add the cherry tomatoes to the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to break down and are charred in places, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, dried oregano, and as much or as little red chile flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Take your spoon and carefully crush the tomatoes to create a “sauce”.

Finish the sauce

Return the cooked eggplant to the skillet. Add the cooked pasta and the reserved cooking water to the skillet. Bring pasta to a simmer and cook until thickened slightly, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season pasta with salt and pepper.

Time to plate

Chop the basil leaves. Add ¾ of the basil to the pasta and toss to combine. Divide the pasta alla Norma between large shallow bowls. Top with the remaining chopped basil and sprinkle with Follow Your Heart vegan parmesan. Manja!