Timballo di Pasta

Like spaghetti carbonara? Then you'll love this baked version (bonus: it's served doused in marinara).

by Munchies Staff
24 May 2016, 1:38pm

Servings: 6

Prep: 1 hour

Total: 2 hours


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small yellow onion, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

70 grams unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

40 grams all-purpose flour

475 ml whole milk

454 grams spaghetti

157 grams frozen peas, defrosted

454 grams fresh mozzarella, cubed

227 grams grated mozzarella

343 grams shaved ham

3 eggs

116 grams grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

15 grams finely chopped parsley


1. Heat the oven to 350°F.

2. Make the marinara sauce: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add the garlic and onion and cook until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, the sugar, and the tomatoes and cook until the sauce is thick, 35 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

3. Make the béchamel sauce: Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the flour and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, slowly add in the milk. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook, stirring, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

5. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs with 2 tablespoons of the parmesan and the parsley and add it to the bowl with the pasta, along with 3/4 of the remaining parmesan, the peas, the cubed mozzarella, 3/4 of the grated mozzarella, and half of the shaved ham. Stir in the béchamel sauce and season with salt and pepper.

6. To assemble, layer half of the pasta mixture in the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Top with 1 cup of marinara sauce and half of the remaining ham. Layer on the remaining half of the pasta mixture and top that with the remaining cheeses and ham.

7. Bake the timbale for about 1 hour, or until the top is golden. Cool slightly, then cut into wedges. Serve topped with marinara sauce and more parmesan cheese.

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