We tried Pasta alla Norma from Jamie Oliver. This famous Sicilian recipe includes a pasta sauce made from aubergines, olive oil, oregano, red chilli, garlic, frsh basil, white wine vinegar, chopped canned tomatoes and seasoning. Ricotta is used in the authentic recipe, but we used Parmesan. We served with spaghetti. A very tasty meal.
Research online suggests the Sicilian grape variety Nero d’Avola is a good wine pairing. We didn’t have a bottle but we did have Cosiero Nero, Nero di Troia 2013, an Italian red from the Sunday Times Wine Club. This full-bodied wine is from Puglia and we found black fruits on the nose with a palate of black fruits, vanilla sweetness and a smooth, spicy finish. A good match with the pasta.