Primrose Hill Eats: Norma Differenza

This recipe from Differenza is inspired by the famous typical Sicilian dish, pasta alla Norma. The dish was supposedly named by the famous Sicilian actor, Nino Martoglio: after being presented with the dish and tasting the delicious flavours, he exclaimed, ‘This is Norma!’ He was comparing the dish to a famous opera by Vincenzo Bellini.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400 g fusilli
  • 300 g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Bunch of basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3–4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 aubergine
  • 120 g smoked ricotta
  • 4 tbsp of pesto


  1. Pan fry half the olive oil with the garlic and cherry tomatoes. Add the torn-up basil leaves.
  2. Cook the pasta in boiling water with a little salt.
  3. Cut the aubergine into small batons and pan fry in the remaining olive oil.
  4. Toss the pasta with the prepared tomatoes and garlic.
  5. Serve up the pasta, add the fried aubergine, grate smoked ricotta on top and finish with pesto.

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