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Sugo Norma, 280g

Norma sauce is the basis of one of the typical Mediterranean dishes based on pasta, usually macaroni, seasoned with tomato and with the subsequent addition of fried aubergines, salted ricotta and basil. Pasta with Norma sauce is the signature dish of the cuisine of the city of Catania, Sicily, paying homage to the famous opera Norma by Catania composer Vincenzo Bellini. Norma sauce is a must in any pantry.






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Pasta with Norma sauce is the signature dish of the cuisine of the city of Catania, Sicily. The origin of this dish is not certain. There are at least two versions of the story of this dish which are considered most plausible. According to some, the recipe was named after the Sicilian playwright Nino Martoglio, who, when confronted with a dish of pasta thus seasoned, exclaimed ‘It’s a Norma!’, indicating its supreme goodness and comparing it to Vincenzo Bellini’s famous opera, despite the fact that several decades had passed since its debut. According to others, the recipe would have been perfected, reinterpreted and fine-tuned on the basis of traditional cuisine by a Sicilian chef precisely on the occasion of the celebrations for the great Catanese composer’s new opera, destined to become one of his greatest successes in a short time despite a troubled and far from encouraging premiere at La Scala in Milan.

pasta alla norma
salted ricotta cheese

There is no pasta alla Norma without a sprinkling of salted ricotta. It is ricotta, but it does not have the classic soft consistency. It is hard and is used grated to add flavour to various dishes typical of southern regions. Ricotta salata has the classic conical shape and is not a cheese, but a dairy product, produced from the whey that is a residue from the processing of a sheep’s or cow’s cheese, which is reheated to 85-90°, left to cool and then sprinkled with coarse salt. Ricotta treated in this way is left to rest for up to 30 days, hardening. Due to the salt, which accelerates a dehydration process, the ricotta can lose up to 50% of its liquid content.

Top the dish with salted ricotta cheese and fresh basil


Rigatoni alla Norma

chopped tomato pulp, eggplant, basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, whole sea salt, sugar

energy 598KJ – 145 kcal
total fat 12g of which satured fat 0,7g
total carbohydrates 6,9g of which sugars 4,4g
dietary fiber 2,3 gproteins
1,1 gr / salt 0,85g

Store in a cool, dry place at a temperature of around 10°. Once opened, cover with oil, keep in the fridge and consume within 4/5 days.

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