Pasta Ncasciata Sicilia

Pasta Ncasciata Sicilia

Made with Passata

Tomato Puree retains the bright red color of tomatoes and has a velvety composition with an intense but sweet taste.

cooking sketch 50 min (COOK TIME: 50 min)

cooking sketch Medium


  • 4-6 large eggplants
  • salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Monini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 700 g Mutti passata
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Mutti® Double Concentrated Tomato Paste
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Pepper, for seasoning
  • 8 leaves large basil chopped
  • Olive oil spray
  • 500 g Rigatoni or Tortiglioni pasta
  • 150 g salami, chopped
  • 150 g smoked mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup grated good quality parmesan cheese
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Pasta Ncasciata Sicilia is a tasty traditional Sicilian dish

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Pasta Ncasciata Sicilia: Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 160 degrees Celsius fan forced.
  2. Trim the stalks from the eggplants and slice lengthways into even slices about 5mm thick. Sprinkle the slices with salt and place on a rack or colander to drain off excess liquid for at least 1 hour.
  3. While the eggplants drain, in a frypan sauté the garlic in the oil.
  4. Add passata, water and tomato paste. Season with salt & pepper and simmer stirring occasionally over low-medium heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped basil. Set aside.
  6. Pat eggplant slices with a paper towel to soak up excess water. Spray eggplant slices with oil and fry on a heavy grilled frypan for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  7. Oil a 30cm heatproof bowl and line it with the eggplant slices. Slightly overlap the slices so there are no spaces. If you have eggplant leftover, finely chop it and set aside.
  8. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until ‘al dente'. Drain well and place in a large bowl.
  9. Add the sauce, salami, cheeses, eggs, pine nuts, parsley and any extra chopped eggplant. Gently stir through until all the ingredients have combined.
  10. Spoon the pasta mixture into the eggplant lined bowl and press down gently to eliminate any gaps. Fold over any ends of the eggplant.
  11. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Rest for at least 15 minutes after the dish has been removed from the oven.
  12. Place a large serving platter on top of the bowl and quickly turn both the bowl and plate over. Remove the bowl slowly off the plate to reveal your Pasta Ncasciata Sicilia. Serve with extra parmesan cheese and chopped chilli.

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