Recipe courtesy of Rino's Place

Pasta al Forno

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Sauce:

Pappardelle Pasta:

Meatballs:

Pasta al Forno:

Directions

Special equipment:
a pasta sheeter
  1. For the sauce: Cover the bottom of a medium saucepan with oil and garlic and cook over medium heat until garlic browns. Add sauce, basil, salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  2. For the pappardelle pasta: Make a bed of all-purpose flour, then make a well and add eggs. Fold all together, adding in more flour if needed, and knead until a dough ball is formed, then set aside and cover for 30 minutes.
  3. Run dough through a pasta sheeter to form pappardelle pasta (broad flat noodles).
  4. For the meatballs: Combine the beef, pork, veal, panko, Parmesan, salt, pepper and eggs in a bowl. Mixture should be on the drier side. If need be, add more panko. Form quarter-size meatballs. Heat a medium frying pan with oil and fry each meatball to a golden brown color. 
  5. For the pasta al forno: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Add sauce to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, along with the ricotta. Stir together, then add mozzarella and the meatballs. Let the cheese melt down.
  7. Meanwhile, drop the pasta into boiling salted water for about 7 minutes. Strain and add to the baking dish. Mix around, then bake in oven for 10 minutes.

Cook’s Note

Store-bought pappardelle is fine, too.

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