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Rigatoni alla Norma is one of our favorite classic vegetarian pasta recipes. Make it tonight!

Everyone needs a few go-to pasta recipes for an quick weeknight dinner or simple supper. A “back pocket pasta,” if you will. Food writer and Instagrammer Colu Henry has a new cookbook out packed with simple, inventive and classic pasta dishes. Rigatoni alla Norma never goes out of style.

For this dish, you crisp slick, deeply hued eggplants in hot oil and toss them with fresh tomato sauce seasoned with earthy oregano and hot pepper. With cooler nights and shorter days, making this pasta is a nice way to transition from summer to fall. I do not salt my eggplant first. This not only saves you time, but they get crispier this way, I promise.

Cook’s Note: When cooking the eggplant, try to not disturb it too much so it evenly browns, which is key for the texture of this dish.

Reprinted with permission from Back Pocket Pasta