Timballo di melanzane (baked pasta wrapped in aubergine/eggplant) - Sicilia
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Categories: Kids, Healthy*grill the aubergine instead of frying, Gluten free*use gluten free pasta, Dairy Free* eliminate the cheese
This dish has a wow factor to the presentation that makes it perfect for entertaining and holidays. The children will be overjoyed with the baked pasta filling. The key to this recipe is to use good, flavourful tomatoes and good quality pasta which will not become overly soft when baked.
Recipe type: First Course (Primo)
Cuisine: Sicilia
Serves: 10
  1. Toss the aubergine slices in a couple of 10 grams (2 teaspoons) sea salt and let sit in a colander for 30 minutes in the sink.
  2. Meanwhile line a springform pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 200C.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Fry the aubergine slices in the oil until golden and then turn over (about 2 minutes each side). Fry until golden on both sides and remove to drain on a wire rack.
  4. When cool enough to handle, line the pan with the aubergine, overlapping the slices slightly to cover the bottom and sides. Leave enough to make a layer in the middle and to cover the top. Leave longer slices on the sides to fold over the top when finished.
  5. Fill a large pot with 6 litres of water and 60 grams of salt (it will mostly be washed away). Separately, in a large saucepan fry the garlic and onions in the olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook for 30 minutes, squashing the tomatoes as you go.
  7. Add the oregano, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
  8. Boil the pasta, giving it a good stir after being added to the water. Cook for the amount of time indicated on the package minus 4 minutes. Drain the pasta and mix with the tomato sauce.
  9. Pour half of the tomato pasta into the aubergine lined tin.
  10. Top evenly with the cheeses.
  11. Place a layer of sliced aubergine on top of the cheese.
  12. Add the remaining tomato pasta.
  13. Fold the long slices on the sides over the top of the pasta, filling in with the rest of the aubergine. Smear the butter evenly over the top.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let sit for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a plate.
  15. Serve in slices.
Recipe by Living a Life in Colour at https://www.livingalifeincolour.com/recipes/timballo-di-melanzane-baked-pasta-wrapped-in-aubergineeggplant-sicilia/