Baked Vegetarian Ring Shaped Pasta
Anelletti al forno senza Carne
Anelletti ‘nfurnati cu’ sucu e milinciani
This is a version of the homonymous famous Palermo dish, where the meat ragu’ is replaced with eggplants and tomato
sauce. To enhance the taste of this dish a Sicilian ammoghiu, a pesto
like mixture of local herbs and spices is blended into it to produce a unique and mouth-watering flavor.
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
¼ cup of basil
½ cup of parsley
¼ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of grated pecorino cheese
tiny pinch of cinnamon and a hint of cloves (optional)
other spices optional
salt and pepper to taste
advance the “Ammoghiu”
as follows: Using a mortar and pestle crush the garlic, basil and parsley, add the pine nuts, any
other optional spice(s) and continue crushing. Add the oil and blend it in. Lastly add the cheese and combine
Add salt and pepper to taste. If using a food processor combine all the ingredients except the cheese, which is
mixed last after all ingredients are blended.
Store it in a container or a jar, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
¼ cup olive oil
1 large minced onion
1 can tomato paste (6 oz.) diluted in one cup of water
1 can of 28 oz. Italian peeled tomatoes, chopped or blended with its own
5 basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Over a medium heat, in a 6 quart sauce pot combine ¼ cup of olive oil and the onion; sauté until onion is golden
about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the tomato paste diluted in water and cook it for about 5 minutes.
Mix in the peeled tomatoes and the 5 basil leaves, taste for salt and pepper.
Lower the flame and simmer for 30 minutes, until sauce is ready.
2 Italian eggplants- do not peel- cut into round slices, sprinkle with salt
and place in colander for 30 minutes
1 cup olive oil for frying
Pat dry the eggplants with a clean dish towel or paper towels.
Fry the cubes in 1 cup of olive oil. Place fried eggplants on paper towels to drain the oil and set aside.
MAKING OF THE
1 lb. Italian ring shaped pasta called “ anelletti “
½ lb. diced or shredded provola or mozzarella cheese
¼ lb. grated caciocavallo or parmesan cheese
High sided timbale mold or a baking pan (13X9X2)
1 tablespoon of oil
Breadcrumbs to coat the baking pan
In a large pot filled with an abundant amount of salted water, cook the ring pasta al dente and reduce the
recommended cooking time by 3 minutes.
When pasta is ready, drain, return to the pot where it was cooked, toss pasta with the pesto, half of sauce and
half of the grated cheese.
Grease the mold or pan with olive oil and coat with breadcrumbs.
Make the first layer, using about one third of pasta, top it with some provola or mozzarella cheese, one third of
the fried eggplants; cover with sauce and sprinkle some grated cheese.
Build a second and third layer, using all the ingredients. Finish top layer with sauce and sprinkle some
breadcrumbs on top.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
If pasta was prepared in advance, bring to room temperature before baking and
if necessary increase baking time accordingly.
Serve with any remaining sauce on the side.
If you want to use fresh vine ripe tomatoes, prepare as follow: Rinse well 2 ½ lb. of tomatoes and
boil for 5 minutes. When cooled to the touch, peel, cut in half, remove seeds and dice.