Sicilian Girandole alla Norma

Sicilian Girandole alla Norma

Recipe submitted by: @mellsnosh

This Sicilian pasta dish is a classic, simple, and incredibly satisfying midweek treat that feels like a great big hug in a bowl! The aubergine has an amazing texture, while the capers and pecorino add a lovely saltiness to the sweet tomato sauce, and the chilli flakes give it a nice warmth!


30 minutes






  • Aubergine
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • Olive oil
  • Capers
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Tin of good quality plum tomatoes
  • Girandole pasta
  • Pecorino cheese


  1. Chop the aubergine and place it in a colander. Sprinkle with salt to draw out the moisture, and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Rinse the aubergine and add it to a frying pan with olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes, and salt. Fry for 10 minutes until golden.
  3. Add the garlic, capers, and basil stalks to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Stir in the red wine vinegar and tomatoes, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Cook the pasta in salted water, saving some of the pasta water.
  6. Add a little pasta water to the sauce, mix together, and serve.
  7. Garnish with pecorino cheese and basil leaves.
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