Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Show: Everyday Italian Episode: Neapolitan
It is a meat and pasta dish wrapped inside grilled eggplant.
2 medium eggplants, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 Tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound penne pasta
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Italian pork sausage
1/4 cup Marsala wine
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)
1 1/2 cups diced smoked mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1/4 cup
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Special equipment: 9-inch springform pan
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or pre-heat a gas or charcoal grill.
Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the eggplant slices with 1/3 cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Grill the eggplant until tender and colored with grill marks, about 4 minutes per side.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, warm the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet.
Add the onion and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the beef and pork, and brown the meat, breaking it into bite-sized pieces with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
Add the Marsala and cook until the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat.
Add the peas and marinara sauce and stir to combine.
Add the cheeses, basil, and cooked pasta.
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
Line the springform pan with the grilled eggplant.
Be sure that the slices overlap and hang over the edge of the pan.
Fill the pan with the pasta mixture, pressing down to make sure the pan is filling up evenly.
Fold the eggplant slices up over the top of the pasta and add a few more slices on top to completely enclose the timbale.
Bake the timbale until warmed through and the cheese has melted, about 30 minutes.
Let rest on the counter for 10 minutes to set.
To serve, invert the timbale onto a serving plate and remove the springform pan.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese over the top.
Slice and serve.
Posted by forgie.
I left out the peas because the marinara sauce I made had chunks of squash and stuff in it and was already quite full of extras.