Siciliaanse spaghetti alla Norma




3 personen

45 minuten


  • 2 aubergines
  • 3 teentjes knoflook
  • 15 g verse basilicum
  • 1 tl gedroogde oregano
  • 1 tl chilivlokken
  • 1 el kappertjes
  • 1 el rodewijnazijn
  • 400 g tomaten uit blik
  • spaghetti
  • pecorino
  • olijfolie


  1. Stap 1

    Peel and finely slice the garlic, then pick the basil leaves and finely slice the stalks.

  2. Stap 2

    Chop the aubergines into rough 2cm chunks. Place into a large bowl with the oregano, chilli flakes and a splash of olive oil.

  3. Stap 3

    Drizzle a splash of olive oil into a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the aubergines in a single layer, and fry for 5 to 8 minutes, or until softened and golden, stirring occasionally – you may need to do this in batches.

  4. Stap 4

    Add another splash of olive oil, followed by the garlic, capers and basil stalks, then cook for a further 2 minutes, or until golden.

  5. Stap 5

    Stir in the vinegar and the tomatoes, breaking them up with the back of a spoon. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thick and glossy.

  6. Stap 6

    Cook the spaghetti in a pan of boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until al dente, which means that it should be soft enough to eat, but still have a bit of bite and firmness to it.

  7. Stap 7

    Drain the spaghetti, reserving a cupful of the cooking water, then add a good splash of the reserved water to the aubergine sauce.

  8. Stap 8

    Finely grate in half the cheese and tear in most of the reserved basil leaves. Add a lug of extra virgin olive oil, then season to taste.

  9. Stap 9

    Add the spaghetti to the sauce and toss well, adding an extra splash of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed.

  10. Stap 10

    Divide between bowls, grate over the remaining cheese and finish with the remaining basil scattered on top.