David Rocco’s Pasta Al Forno

David Rocco’s Pasta Al Forno

Yield: 4 Servings

David Rocco’s Pasta Al Forno

Master entertainer and celebrity chef David Rocco has been a guest and host in homes all around the world. Here, he shares tips to ensure your holiday entertaining runs smoothly:

Start things off right: Nothing says welcome like a festive beverage upon arrival accompanied by a make-ahead charcuterie platter of nibbles.

Keep it simple: Create a crowd-pleasing, non-fussy dish like pasta. It's a classic that's perfect for when you want to spend more time mingling and less time in the kitchen.

Share the table: Disconnect from technology and focus on each other. Create a table rule to leave devices at the door so everyone can fully enjoy time with their favourite people. Find more tips at Barilla's www.sharethetable.ca.

It doesn't have to be perfect: More than anything, your guests will enjoy your company, so remember to cherish the time and don't worry if the cutlery doesn't match.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Barilla Rigatoni
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 15 pitted black olives, chopped
  • 10 large sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups tomato purée
  • 3/4 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Smoked scamorza cheese, roughly chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 dried chili peppers, crushed (optional)
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. While it's cooking, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, and brown garlic. Making sure oil is hot, add eggplant, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and chili peppers. Sauté until eggplant is soft and slightly golden. Add salt and tomato purée and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta and return to the pot. Add sauce, mozzarella, and scamorza cheese. Stir well. Pour into a large baking dish, top with a good sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven for about 30 minutes or until beautifully golden and crisp.

Notes

www.newscanada.com

http://canadianhometrends.com/david-roccos-pasta-al-forno/

Written by Canadian Home Trends

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Canadian Home Trends magazine gives you a personal tour of the most stunning homes and condos across Canada. You'll be inspired by a selection of accessible home décor products, trend reports, simple yet stylish DIY projects, and much more. In each issue, you are given the tools to recreate designer spaces you've always dreamt of having at home, in-depth renovation and design advice, colour palette and furniture pairings, and Canada's best places to shop.

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