A Drum of Eggplant and Bucatini (Timballo Di Melanzane E Bucatin

150 mins (prep 45, cooking 105)
24 ingredients
10-12 servings
Making a timballo, or timpano, is an event. It becomes the moment in which ordinary ingredients like macaroni, cheese, and vegetables are transformed into an extraordinary, impressive drum of baked pasta that, when unmolded, receives a standing ovation. The region of Campania claims the timballo as its own and the recipe that follows comes from Sorrento. It calls for bucatini, a thicker cut of hollow spaghetti, which neatly nestles and holds the ingredients together. It is customary in Campania to use buffalo milk mozzarella, a cheese with a delicate texture and superb taste, but it is very perishable and not readily available. Fresh cow's milk mozzarella can be used instead. Assembling the timballo is easy when done in stages. Make the sauce several days ahead; cube the cheese and cook the marble-size meatballs 2 days ahead. Patience is the key to the unmolding; you will get much neater wedges by allowing the timballo to cool for about 20 minutes - and the joy of tasting that first forkful will be worthy of the best drumroll.

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Serving Size (45.01 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 230.02 Calories from Fat 144.45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.05g 246.87%
Saturated Fat 2.39g 119.67%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 173.67mg 72.36%
Total Carbohydrate 17.67g 58.91%
Dietary Fiber 1.08 g 43.34%
Sugars 1.51 g %
Protein 3.22g 64.44%
Vitamin A 0.08IU% Vitamin C 0.28mg%
Calcium 45.19mg% Iron 1.2mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large eggplants, toasted, finely chopped onion, celery rib, large carrot, plum tomatoes, canned, dry red wine, fine sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, bucatini pasta, ground veal, large egg, pecorino cheese, toasted, fine sea salt, cubed fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped fresh italian parsley, pecorino cheese