How to Cook Pasta Al Forno

by Chiara Caso

A classic italian dish, perfect for the Sunday lunch with your family; there are many versions, this is a family recipe from the South of Italy


  • ½ kilograms Pasta (maccheroni or sedanini)
  • ¼ kilograms Minced beef meat
  • 100 Grams Ham in 1 slice
  • 100 Grams Italian mortadella in 1 slice
  • ¼ kilograms Italian fresh provola or mozzarella
  • ½ kilograms Violet aubergine
  • 2 Liters Tomato sauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Bunch Basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Onion
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    put in a large pot 2 liters of tomato sauce and 1 cup. of water, 1 full peeled onion, 4 spoons of extravirgin olive oil, some basil leaves and a teaspoon of salt and let cook for 1,5 hours

    Step 2

    In the meantime prepare the meatballs: mix together minced meat, 1 egg, the grated cheese, the breadcrumbs, salt pepper and some nutmeg if you like

    Step 3

    Create the smallest meatballs you can make and put them to cook in the tomato sauce for 30 minutes

    Step 4

    Take a couple of big round violet aubergines, peel them and cut into slices of half an inch

    Step 5

    Pass the aubergine slices into flour, then into a beaten egg and fry them in abundant oil

    Step 6

    Cook the whole packet of pasta in abundant salted boiling water for just 3 minutes, drain it and mix with a cup of tomato sauce

    Step 7

    Finally cut the provola into tiny cubes...

    Step 8 the same for the ham...

    Step 9

    And for mortadella

    Step 10

    Finally we put all together: in a baking tin put some sauce with meatballs and add a layer of fried aubergines

    Step 11

    add a layer of pasta, other sauce and a mix of provola ham and mortadella. Repeat the layers until you end ingredients finishing with aubergines and tomato sauce

    Step 12

    Finish cooking in the oven at 180 celsius degrees for 30 minutes, then decor with basil leaves and grated parmesan. Serve at least 30 minutes after taking the tin out of the oven. Enjoy it!