Grandma Giovina’s baked pasta Baked paccheri cake

There baked pasta is a traditional Italian recipe. It is usually a easy dish, substantial and rich in taste. Each family has its own version: here is the perfect one for the party lunches of grandmother Giovina.

Ingrediants

  • 750 g of ziti
  • 200 g of grated Parmesan cheese
  • two loaves of white scamorza cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 250 g of minced beef
  • breadcrumbs
  • cherry tomatoes to decorate
  • tomato sauce (made with 1kg of cherry tomato puree, onion, salt, extra virgin olive oil)
  • salt

A easy recipe, substantial and full of taste: this is the secret of each baked pasta, traditional Italian dish and perfect solution for recycling leftovers, usually thanks to the filling of cheeses and cold cuts left in the refrigerator. A first course that recalls the “origins” and that immediately makes home: for this reason it has become a real one must have of the Sunday lunches with the family.

What we present to you is the recipe for grandmother Giovina, 79 years old, originally from Trani, one of the protagonists of our “Challenge of grandmothers“: 5 nice ladies got involved and prepared theirs with us Christmas plate.

How to prepare: Grandma Giovina’s baked pasta

Easy execution Preparation time 30 min Cooking time 1h and 10 min Servings 8

How to prepare: Grandma Giovina’s baked pasta

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 1

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 1

Start preparing the baked pasta from the meatballs: in a bowl mix the minced meat, two eggs, the cheese and the breadcrumbs. Dip the meatballs in the sauce and cook for about 20 minutes, or in any case until the inside is evenly cooked.

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 2

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 2

Break the ziti in half and boil them in salted water, draining them when they are al dente. Season the pasta with a little of the sauce from the meatballs and parmesan.

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 3

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 3

Cut the hard-boiled eggs into rings. In an oven pan with a diameter of about 30 cm, put a first layer of dough: it must be about half of the ziti.

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 4

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 4

Cover with a layer of mortadella and then with the meatballs and a little of their sauce. Continue with the sliced ​​smoked cheese and hard-boiled eggs.

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 5

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 5

Add the rest of the remaining pasta, pour a little sauce and decorate with the cherry tomatoes cut in half. Finally sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.

Preparation of grandma Giovina's baked pasta - Phase 6

The baked pasta is ready to be enjoyed.

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