I know there are millions of recipes for Sicilian Baked Pasta, Anelletti al forno, or pasta o furno, the traditional dish of Palermo.

But I’m Sicilian, and I enjoy preparing food when I have my American friends at my house; I love preparing the typical dishes of Sicily. It is a way to share my origins with them.

Baked Pasta - pasta o furnu- anelletti al forno

Then I must say (perhaps I am boasting!) that I prepared a delicious baked pasta, and we licked our fingers well!

I prepared two types of baked pasta, one with the classic ragu, which includes minced meat, and the other for my husband and some vegetarian friends who do not eat meat.

The only ingredient missing was the hard-boiled egg. Some people did not like it, so I avoided adding it. However, the hard-boiled egg is a fundamental ingredient in the original recipe.

The pasta must be of good quality and made with durum wheat. I used Primeluci Anelletti Durum Wheat Semolina Pasta that I bought on Amazon.

The Anelletti must not be overcooked, and it must remain al dente.

Baked Pasta - pasta o furnu- anelletti al forno
Baked Pasta - pasta o furnu- anelletti al forno

Sicilian Baked Pasta (A pasta o furnu)

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 2 hrs Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 6 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Sicilian Baked Pasta, also known as "A Pasta o Furno," is a delicious and hearty dish that combines pasta, tomato sauce, cheese, and other ingredients, including eggplants. Here's a traditional recipe to make Sicilian Baked Pasta:

Ingredients

Ragu Sauce

Instructions

Ragu Sauce

    • In a pan, fry the thinly sliced onion with the celery and carrots cut into small pieces.
    • Crumble the minced meat using your hands. Mix the meat with fried vegetables with a wooden spoon, avoiding any sticking.
    • When all the meat turns brown and in small pieces, add half a glass of white wine to blend, and add salt.
    • After 5 minutes, add the tomato paste, sauce, and cloves.
    • Cook at high flame for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and leave it to cook for at least 1hr.
    • Add the peas and cook for another half an hour.

Eggplants

    • Cut the eggplants into slices lengthwise and leave them in salted water for 20-30 minutes.
    • Drain the eggplants and fry them in hot oil.
    • Dry them on paper towels and set them aside.

Pasta

    • At this point, cook the pasta in salted water for about 7 minutes; the cooking will be completed in the oven.
     

Assembling

    • Lie the sliced eggplants on the bed of breadcrumbs.
    • After mixing the anelletti pasta with the meat sauce, add the grated cheese, add the Primo Sale cheese cut into cubes, mix well, and pour everything into the pan, pressing with a spoon until it is flat.
    • Sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 400F in a pre-warm oven for 45 minutes.
    • Remove the pasta from the springform pan, inverting it onto a plate after cooling it down.
Keywords: Sicilian Baked Pasta, A pasta o furno
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