The year was 1921, the place Ellis Island. My maternal grandmother, single, arrives into port from Napoli on the ship Patria to be with her sister...
Rossella Rago and Nonna Michelina ( U_Zia_Michelina ) are making Rigatoni alla Norma (Pasta with fried Eggplant) , a traditional dish from Sicily with pasta, fried eggplant, tomato sauce and ricotta salata.
1 Lb - Rigatoni, 28 Oz - Crushed peeled tomatoes, 2 - Medium eggplant, 4 Cloves garlic, 2 Leaves basil, Ricotta salata, Extra Virgin olive oil, frying oil, Salt & pepper.
Cut the eggplant into round slices 1/2 thick. Do not remove the peel. Deep fry the eggplants slices in oil. Once finished remove excess oil with paper towel.
In a saucepan add EV olive oil and garlic. Once the garlic turns blonde add the crushed tomatoes and the basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 15 minutes.
Cut the fried eggplants into strips about 1 inch wide and add to the sauce. Cook for an additional 10 mins.
Cook the rigatoni al dente and add to the sauce pan. Toss in the sauce for 2 mins. Serve and garnish with Ricotta Salata.
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