Italian

Timballo Is the Insanely Decadent Love Child of Carbonara and Lasagna

This recipe is like ascending into clouds of mozzarella and achieving true pasta enlightenment. Some things are greater than the sum of their parts.

by Munchies Staff
25 May 2016, 8:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Should you visit an Italian restaurant in total fat-kid mode, you might find yourself facing a gastronomic version of Sophie's Choice: lasagna, or spaghetti carbonara?

Though both start with pasta, incorporate cheese, and are highly calorific, there's little else to marry the dishes in terms of common attributes. Unless, of course, you were to find yourself face-to-face with timballo.

This beautiful slice of creamy, carby heaven is the best of both worlds. It's drenched in marinara sauce and loaded with cheese, but there are also layers of smoky shaved ham and béchamel, and the whole thing is bound by eggs whisked with Parmesan. In this world, there's comfort food, and then there's timballo.

RECIPE: Timballo di Pasta

This recipe is like ascending into clouds of mozzarella and achieving true pasta enlightenment. Some things really are greater than the sum of their parts.