12 Sicilian pasta recipes for your table.

12 Sicilian Pasta recipes.

Bring a taste of Sicily to your table with these 12 Sicilian pasta recipes from my hubby’s homeland .

12 Sicilian pasta recipes

20 regions, 20 different kitchens.

Italy is a beautiful country and every region has fabulous landscapes and places to visit. However, when it comes to food, Italian cuisine is really made up of 20 often very different regional kitchens. And, despite the availability nowadays of the same food products throughout the Italian peninsula, many Italians still have a preference for their local cuisine and locally grown produce.  The same goes for local types of pasta and pasta recipes.

dried busiate from Trapani in Sicily
dried busiate from Trapani in Sicily

My favourite regional cuisine is …

I love all things Sicilian (including my hubby!). If I had to choose my favourite regional cuisine (very difficult choice!), I guess I’d have to say Sicilian. And not because that’s where my hubby comes from! Most probably because I love seafood and the fresh seafood in Sicily is Amazing with a capital ‘A’! Pasta with seafood is pretty awesome in Sicily as you’ll see in this collection of 12 Sicilian pasta recipes.

spaccatelle pasta from Sicily
spaccatelle pasta from Sicily

However, Sicilians love their meat, veggies and cheese too! So, these 12 Sicilian pasta recipes include some delicious non-fishy dishes. These recipes are all made with typical Sicilian ingredients and mostly pasta that is traditional in Sicily, for example busiate, spaccatelle and anelletti! I hope you’ll give some of these recipes a try and bring a taste of Sicily to your table!

12 Sicilian pasta recipes: seafood.

Sicilian fresh tuna meatballs with pasta

Fresh tuna meatballs with giant penne. Made with pine nuts, mint and lemon zest, these Sicilian fresh tuna meatballs are also fabulous served as an antipasto or snack or with potatoes. However, I think they’re best with pasta!

Sicilian pasta with sardines and wild fennel

Pasta with sardines and wild fennel. This Sicilian seafood pasta recipe is one of the oldest pasta recipes on the island. Dating back to 827A.D. this recipe is a delicious fusion of ingredients from Arab and Mediterranean cultures. A reminder of Sicily’s fascinating history.

Reginette with swordfish, eggplant and mint

Reginette with swordfish, eggplant and mint. I particularly like this recipe because it really is a treat for the taste buds! It includes fried eggplant, giving it that authentic Sicilian flavour, along with fresh mint and some grated lemon rind.  

busiate with bottarga, almonds and prawns

Busiate with bottarga, almonds and prawns. Sicilian seafood pasta doesn’t get much better than this busiate pasta with bottarga (tuna roe) and prawns from Trapani. The sweetness of the Mazzara prawns and almonds, combine with the salty taste of the bottarga and the fresh basil and parsley to produce a flavour that says Sicily in every mouthful!

12 Sicilian pasta recipes: vegetarian.

occhi di lupo with ricotta and pistachio

Occhi di lupo with ricotta and pistachios: This pasta with ricotta and pistachio is a delicious example of how beautifully these two very typical Sicilian foods  can be combined to make a divine creamy plate of pasta.

rigatoni alla Norma

Rigatoni alla Norma: I have lost count of how many times I’ve enjoyed this famous classic Sicilian pasta dish. My hubby has cooked it for me, his mum and sisters have cooked it for me and I’ve eaten it in Sicily! Made with tomato sauce, eggplant, salted ricotta and basil this pasta dish is so incredibly satisfying and full of Mediterranean flavour.

anelletti eggplant boats

Anelletti eggplant boats: These anelletti pasta eggplant boats are a fabulous Sicilian version of stuffed eggplant! Made with typical Sicilian ingredients, this pasta dish is not only seriously yummy but it looks great too. Your guests will love it!

spaccatelle with sun-dried tomato pesto

Spaccatelle with Sicilian sun-dried tomato pesto: There are a number of Sicilian pesto recipes including pistachio pesto and pesto Trapanese. However,  I think this is my favourite.  I’m a big sun-dried tomato fan! I just love the intense flavour they have and combining them with the garlic, pecorino, olive oil, pine nuts and almonds in this recipe really brings out the flavour!

12 Sicilian pasta recipes: meat.

Sicilian pasta al forno

Pasta al forno: This recipe is based on the wonderful ‘pasta al forno’ (baked pasta) my Sicilian mother-in-law makes! It’s actually THE most popular recipe here on The Pasta Project so definitely worth making and tasting!

maltagliati with braised veal and onions

Maltagliati with braised veal and onions: This maltagliati con l’aggrassatu involves slow cooking or braising veal and onions together in a wine and stock sauce. Although this isn’t a very colourful looking dish, it tastes amazing. I especially liked the addition of cloves and the thick oniony sauce! I’m sure if you try it, you’ll agree with me!

Sicilian broccoli pasta with sausage and chard

Sicilian broccoli pasta with sausage and chard: My Sicilian hubby introduced me to pasta with broccoli and it really was love at first bite! Since then, I have made different versions of this typical Southern Italian dish. All delicious! However, this version with sausage is definitely one of my favourites!

baked anelletti timballo

Baked anelletti timballo: A timballo of oven-baked anelletti is the most popular ‘pasta bake’ in Sicily, particularly in Palermo the island’s capital. It takes a little time to make but the looks on your guests’ faces will make it worth it!

If you do try any of these 12 Sicilian pasta recipes, I’d love to hear what you think. Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

Your feedback means a lot to me!

Buon Appetito!

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12 Sicilian pasta recipes

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  • katie
    September 16, 2019 4:07 pm

    I love Sicily!! I’ve only been once but I fell head over heels for the place. I can’t wait to work my way through these recipes,

    Katie xoxo

    • The Pasta Project
      September 23, 2019 3:10 am

      That’s lovely Katie, I hope they bring back lovely memories for you!

  • Sophie
    September 16, 2019 5:16 am

    Love this awesome compilation of pasta recipes. Thanks for sharing this amazing pasta recipes.

  • Lorie
    September 16, 2019 4:15 am

    Oh my goodness these all sound so amazing. The hardest part right now is deciding on which one to start with!

  • Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli
    September 16, 2019 1:47 am

    What a wonderful collectional of Sicilian pasta dishes! Some of them I know and, despite being Italian, some I don’t. You’re right, Italian cuisine is regional and so different from one region to the other. They all look fantastic!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:26 am

      Thank you Nicoletta! It’s wonderful that there is always something left to discover!

  • Tammy
    September 15, 2019 9:34 pm

    I’d love to try them all! Delicious collection of recipes ^_^ I’ve never heard of timballo before but my goodness, I need to make it asap!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:42 am

      It’s good to have a goal! Let us know if you do, we love to hear about it!

  • Mikayla
    September 15, 2019 9:58 am

    AH! Where do I even start I need to try all of these! I’m particularly eager about the Occhi di lupo with ricotta and pistachios, we’re BIG pistachio lovers in my house but I’ve never tried it with pasta. Thanks for making my meal planning easier for a while 🙂

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:43 am

      Glad to be of service Mikayla!

  • Sharon
    September 15, 2019 4:31 am

    All these Sicilian pasta recipes are making my mouth water! I love that there are so many different types to try.

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:44 am

      Thank you, Sharon! We love sharing everything we know about pasta with you!

  • Jenni LeBaron
    September 14, 2019 11:07 pm

    This list of Sicilian pasta recipes is mouthwatering good! I love that each recipe really enhances the best flavors of the region and there are so many fun new pasta shapes that I’m seeing for the first time here!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:45 am

      Thank you, Jenni! You could definitely tour Sicily from your kitchen with these recipes!

  • Paula Montenegro
    September 14, 2019 5:41 pm

    I’m dying with wanting to try the pasta with ricotta and pistachios! What a great idea! And the sun-dried tomato pesto never fails. Ever. Lovely ideas!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:46 am

      Thank you, Paul! We agree – sun-dried tomato pesto is delicious!

  • Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    September 14, 2019 8:16 am

    What a great idea for 12 Sicilian pasta recipes all in one place! It is like a pasta marathon!

  • Erika
    September 13, 2019 10:27 pm

    I love all types of pasta, and this roundup is awesome!

  • Colleen
    September 13, 2019 8:51 pm

    So much deliciousness to choose from! I don’t know how I’ll choose which pasta to try first! Thanks so sharing.

  • Stine Mari
    September 13, 2019 2:01 pm

    I love how you categorized this wonderful pasta round-up! Everything looks so good, but I think I’m going to start with the ricotta pistachio one!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:37 am

      Thank you! Hope you love it! (and try them all 🙂

  • Renu
    September 13, 2019 11:49 am

    All the recipes here look so good and the different types of pasta. Need to try a few for sure.

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:37 am

      Thank you, Renu! There are so many different types of pasts to experiment with!

  • Kacie Morgan
    September 12, 2019 10:39 pm

    There are some mouth-watering recipes here, but the pasta with clams is especially calling my name. Fresh clams taste so good in pasta!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:34 am

      Absolutely Kacie! We are huge fans of clams in pasta!

  • Aleta
    September 12, 2019 9:38 pm

    Wow, all of these Sicilian pasta dishes look incredibly delicious! It’s hard to choose with one I am going to try first!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:33 am

      Thank you, Aleta! They truly are delicious – you can’t go wrong with trying any of them!

  • Jere Cassidy
    September 12, 2019 6:20 am

    I just sit and drool over all your pasta dishes and wish I could taste them all.

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:32 am

      Thank you, Jere! We aim to please (and make you drool!).

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    September 12, 2019 6:03 am

    And here I am only making mac and cheese, haha. I need to try at least one of these before the month ends!!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:32 am

      There is nothing wrong with mac and cheese! Let us know if you do, we love to hear about it!

  • GUNJAN C Dudani
    September 10, 2019 10:40 pm

    Love this pasta round. I don’t think I need to google anymore. I am saving your page so I can make one pasta dish everyday.

    • The Pasta Project
      September 16, 2019 3:29 am

      Thank you, Gunjan! Hopefully, you will find some life long favourites!

  • Elaine Benoit
    September 10, 2019 4:30 pm

    Hubby could eat pasta every single day. I love that you gave me 12 new recipes to try for him. He’s going to love them all, but my favorite will probably be the Sicilian seafood pasta!!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 10, 2019 9:14 pm

      That is one of my favourites too Elaine!

  • Kelly Anthony
    September 10, 2019 2:48 pm

    What a great collection of sicilian pasta recipes. Now the hard part is deciding what to cook first because they all sound so good!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 10, 2019 9:15 pm

      Thank you Kelly, don’t make it difficult on yourself – make them all!

  • Jess
    September 10, 2019 3:52 am

    What delicious pasta recipes! How do you pick which one to make first?

  • Chef Dennis
    September 10, 2019 1:19 am

    All these Sicilian pasta recipes look soo delicious! Perfect for family meals. Especially that Busiate with bottarga, almonds and prawns. Would love to try making this.

  • Ben
    September 9, 2019 8:33 pm

    Well, I think I just found the best thing I’m ever going to find this week. I’m a huge pasta fan, so all these recipes are right up my alley.

  • Demeter
    September 9, 2019 2:26 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic group of recipes! Scrolling through is making me hungry. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Megan Ellam
    September 9, 2019 1:51 pm

    So many great ideas in the one place. Thanks for a hearty selection of deliciousness.

  • Jessica Formicola
    September 9, 2019 1:37 pm

    Pasta is my middle name, and these all look wonderful! I can’t decide which one to try first!

  • Cathy
    September 9, 2019 1:03 pm

    What a great post on so many delicious Italian dishes! Book marking this post to refer back and start making a few of these dishes this week! So much yum going on in this post! Thank you!

  • estelle | soulandstreusel
    September 9, 2019 12:45 pm

    OOOH the sun dried tomato pasta looks lovely! I’ve got to start experimenting with pasta shapes, and I would love to try making my own!

  • Amanda
    September 9, 2019 3:59 am

    Yum! Everything on this list looks delicious. I can’t wait to start making my way through each recipe. Thanks for putting it together!

  • Jenni LeBaron
    September 8, 2019 7:19 pm

    This is the ultimate pasta roundup! I see so many delicious dishes here that I can’t wait to try and I love that theres so much variety to keep things fresh and interesting.

  • Sara
    September 6, 2019 8:51 pm

    Yum! Bookmarking, pinning, saving this forever! It’s hard to pick a favorite to start with but I think Occhi di lupo with ricotta and pistachios is the one I’m going to try first!

  • Andrea
    September 6, 2019 7:07 pm

    OMG! I’m in heaven with these. I need to do a 12 weeks of pasta and make one a week.

  • Edyta
    September 6, 2019 6:49 pm

    Such a great collection of pasta dishes. I can’t wait to try them all!

  • Tara
    September 6, 2019 6:34 pm

    Such a wonderful collection of recipes! I can’t wait to try the Maltagliati with veal and onions and the Spaccatelle. Yum!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 10, 2019 9:13 pm

      Thank you Tara! The veal recipe is delicious!

  • Beth
    September 6, 2019 6:13 pm

    What a great round up! I don’t know where to start, they all look amazing!!

    • The Pasta Project
      September 10, 2019 9:10 pm

      Thank you Beth! Try them all!

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