Pasta Timbale

Food Network Canada
6 servings




Béchamel Sauce

Tbsp unsalted butter
Tbsp all purpose flour
1 ½
cup scalded whole milk
salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

Tomato Basil Sauce

Tbsp olive oil
small onion, chopped
garlic, cloves, chopped
1 14
oz can crushed plum tomato
Tbsp chopped fresh basil
salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper

Fresh Pasta

1 ½
cup all purpose flour
large egg

Timbale Assembly

olive oil, for coating mould
sheet fresh pasta
baby Italian eggplant
lb(s) rigatoni, cooked al dente
recipe tomato basil sauce
recipe béchamel sauce
oz mozzarella buffalo cheese, sliced
Tbsp chopped fresh basil
salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper
cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Step 1

In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes until it starts bubbling but does not colour.

Step 2

Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Continue whisking for about 4 minutes until it thickens.

Step 3

Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Pour the sauce into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Make sure to place wrap directly on the surface of the sauce so a skin does not form. Set aside.

Step 5

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes until soft.

Step 6

Add the tomatoes. Partially cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until sauce is very thick.

Step 7

Stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper and set side.

Step 8

Put 1¼ cups of the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack the eggs into the well.

Step 9

With your hands, gradually mix the flour into the eggs until dough forms.

Step 10

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough a few times until you have incorporated as much of the remaining 1/4 cup of flour as possible. The dough will appear lumpy and dry.

Step 11

Cut the dough in half and put one ball under a slightly damp towel.

Step 12

Flatten the other piece with your hand.

Step 13

Set a pasta roller at thickest setting and feed dough through rollers.

Step 14

Fold dough into an envelope shape and feed through machine again. Repeat 3 or 4 more times or until your dough looks smooth.

Step 15

Reduce the pasta setting by one mark and pass through again. Reduce setting by one mark for each pass through until dough has passed through all settings.

Step 16

Cut the sheet of dough in half and put the 2 sheets under a sheet of plastic wrap.

Step 17

Repeat the entire process with the second dough ball. You now have 4 sheets of pasta under plastic.

Step 18

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta sheets in the boiling water for about 1 minute each or until al dente.

Step 19

Lay them on a well-oiled baking sheet. Do not over-lap the sheets. Spread some more olive oil on top of each pasta sheet.

Step 20

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 21

Put one pasta sheet in the centre of a 5 inch deep, 8 inch circular baking dish. Drape the edges of the pasta over the sides. Press pasta sheet into the edges of the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining pasta sheets. The entire bottom and sides of the baking dish should be covered with pasta and the sides of the pasta sheets should be hanging over the sides of the baking dish.

Step 22

Cut eggplant into 1/4 inch thick diagonal slices. Brush with oil and grill. Season the eggplant with salt and pepper.

Step 23

In a large bowl toss the cooked rigatoni with the tomato basil sauce and parmigiano regiano cheese.

Step 24

Spread half the rigatoni on top of the fresh pasta sheets in the baking dish.

Step 25

Overlap half of the eggplant slices over the rigatoni.

Step 26

Spread half the béchamel on the eggplant slices.

Step 27

Top the béchamel with the rest of the rigatoni.

Step 28

Place the mozzarella slices on top of the rigatoni.

Step 29

Sprinkle with chopped basil.

Step 30

Layer with remaining eggplant slices.

Step 31

Pour over remaining béchamel sauce.

Step 32

Fold the overhanging pasta sheet ends over on top of the dish to seal.

Step 33

Brush the top with more olive oil.

Step 34

Bake for about 25 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and let the timbale rest for 15 minutes.

Step 35

Flip timbale onto a platter and unmould. Cut the timbale into wedges to serve.

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