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Tomato Sauce alla Siciliana

Scott Phillips

Servings: four to five.

Serve this sauce over  1 lb. cavatappi or other short, sturdy pasta. Beyond pasta, it’s also delicious over grilled lamb chops or sausages, or mix with grilled or roasted peppers, summer squash, or onions to make a ratatouille-style side dish.


  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb. baby eggplant (1 to 2 eggplant), cut into 1/2-inch cubes (to yield about 2 cups)
  • 1-1/2 lb. cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on five servings without pasta
  • Calories (kcal) : 122
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 79
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 233
  • Carbohydrates (g): 10
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 2


  • In a 10- or 11-inch sauté pan, heat the oil, onion, and garlic over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the cubed eggplant and cook, stirring frequently, until the eggplant softens and begins to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat to maintain a lively but not too vigorous simmer, until the tomatoes have been reduced to a thick, pulpy sauce, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle the balsamic vinegar over the sauce, stir, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir in the mint and more salt and pepper to taste.

To serve with pasta

  • While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of abundantly salted water to a vigorous boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain it well. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings if needed. Toss the pasta with three-quarters of the sauce and divide among individual serving bowls. Spoon a little of the remaining sauce over each serving and sprinkle on the cheese, if you like.


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  • jlwind00 | 09/10/2011

    This sauce is surprisingly good for how simple it is. I followed the recipe exactly as written, and it was really nice. I put some grated cheese on the dish and added a little sour cream to the sauce to make it a little richer. Even without these additions, though, the sauce is good.

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