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Eggplant Pizza alla Norma

Eggplant Pizza alla Norma with Mozzarella and Ricotta Salata

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From the pages of Plated’s upcoming cookbook, this summer dinner is perfect for any night of the week. Borrowing the classic flavors of rigatoni alla Norma (a beloved Sicilian dish), this pizza is slathered with Nello’s small-batch marinara sauce, and then topped with crispy eggplant, mozzarella, salty ricotta salata, and fresh basil leaves. Crisp, golden crust plus premium ingredients? Yes, please!


  • Vegetarian
  • Quick Prep

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From the Plated Cookbook

From the Plated Cookbook

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Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • eggplant
  • mozzarella cheese
    4 ounces
    mozzarella cheese
  • flour
    2 tablespoons
  • pizza dough
    1 pound
    pizza dough
  • Nello's pizza sauce
    8 ounces
    Nello's pizza sauce
  • ricotta salata
    1 ounce
    ricotta salata
  • fresh basil
    1/8 ounce
    fresh basil
  • parchment paper
    parchment paper

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 12" large pan
  • rolling pin (optional)
  • baking sheet

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare Ingredients

    Prepare Ingredients

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse eggplant, halve lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices. Tear mozzarella into small pieces.
  2. Sauté Eggplant

    Sauté Eggplant

    Heat 1½ tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add eggplant in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and pepper as desired. Sauté, flipping halfway through, until crisp on outside, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Roll Out Pizza Dough

    Roll Out Pizza Dough

    While eggplant sautés, sprinkle flour onto a clean dry surface. Using a rolling pin or the heels of your hands, roll and stretch pizza dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Rub 1 teaspoon olive oil on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then carefully add pizza dough.
  4. Assemble Pizza

    Assemble Pizza

    Spread marinara sauce over pizza, leaving a 1-inch border. Add eggplant in an even layer. Top with mozzarella, then dot over ricotta salata.
  5. Bake Pizza

    Bake Pizza

    Transfer pizza to bottom rack of oven and bake until crust is crisp and light golden and cheese is bubbling, 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse basil and tear leaves into bite-size pieces, discarding stems.
  6. Plate Pizza

    Plate Pizza

    Cut pizza into slices, garnish with basil, and dig in. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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