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Pasta al Forno - Neapolitan Baked Pasta

This recipe for Pasta al Forno - Neapolitan Baked Pasta comes from Chef Katie Caldesi and has been reproduced courtesy of www.discovertheorigin.co.uk

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Ingredients for Pasta al Forno

Tomato sugo:
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
75ml olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
1 sprig of basil

Meatballs:
250g minced pork
250g minced beef
75g salami, diced, optional
125g fresh white breadcrumbs
2 medium eggs
5 tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Salt to taste

Pasta al Forno:
100g Parma Ham
4 eggs for boiling
Lasagne sheets
50g Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
250g Mozzarella, roughly torn into bite-size pieces
50ml olive oil (25ml for frying, 25ml for tossing with the pasta)

How to make Pasta al Forno

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Make the tomato sauce by frying the onions, garlic, pepper and salt in the olive oil and when soft add the tinned tomatoes and basil.
  • Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Stir frequently breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs together in a bowl. Roll into marble sized balls (wet hands may help).
  • Boil the eggs and meanwhile fry the meatballs and prosciutto in olive oil lightly and drain them on kitchen paper.
  • When the eggs are done, crack the shells and drop into cold water to stop blue rings from appearing.
  • Cook the pasta half way, drain and let cool covered with a little olive oil.
  • Mix together the cheeses.
  • Shell the eggs and chop them into rough pieces.
  • In a large lasagne dish, put a small layer of tomato sauce followed with the lasagne sheets, cover with some more of the tomato sauce.
  • Scatter over some of the meatballs, chopped eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Parma Ham and mozzarella.
  • Build the lasagne al forno in layers until it fills the dish finishing with a layer of tomato sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
  • Serve with mixed, dressed salad leaves.

Serves 6

Chef Katie Caldesi
www.discovertheorigin.co.uk

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