Pasta 'ncasciata (Aubergine wrapped pasta dome)

Pasta 'ncasciata (Aubergine wrapped pasta dome)

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Ready in just over 2 hours - but worth it

More effort

Serves 4 - 6
Carmelita Caruana's celebrates the tastes of Sicily with this impressive pasta dome - superb for entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal996
  • fat43g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs109g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre12g
  • protein50g
  • salt2.06g


  • 1kg very ripe tomatoes or 2 x 400g cans peeled plum tomatoes, drained
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 150g packet mozzarella cheese
  • 50g piece of salami, such as Milano



    Salami are a family of coarse, dry, boldly seasoned sausages. The intense flavour of salami…

  • 5 medium aubergines



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 85g minced veal or pork



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 85g chicken livers, cleaned and chopped if large
  • 85g frozen peas
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 500g short pasta (such as mezze penne)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 100g pecorino or parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Skin and seed the fresh tomatoes, and roughly chop. Chop the canned tomatoes, if using. Fry the garlic clove in 3 tbsp olive oil over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes until pale gold.Remove and discard. Add the tomatoes to the oil and simmer gently, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes until well blended, stirring occasionally and adding 1 tbsp or so of water if it dries out.

  2. While the sauce cooks, dice the mozzarella into small pieces, so it will melt easily during the baking and bind the filling. Finely chop the salami. Trim the stalks from the aubergines and slice lengthways into even slices about 5mm thick.

  3. When the sauce is nearly done, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a deep frying pan and brown the mince and livers for 4-5 minutes until well coloured. Lift out with a slotted spoon and add to the tomato sauce with the peas. Cook for 10 minutes or so until you have a thick sauce, then remove from the heat and stir in the basil. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta and heat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.

  4. Dry the aubergine slices using kitchen towels. Heat a heavy ridged griddle pan and cook the slices,without using oil, for 2- 3 minutes each side until tender, 1. They will stick at first, but then come loose. As each slice is ready, brush with olive oil and use to line an oiled 2 litre/31⁄2 pint heatproof pudding basin or bowl, slightly overlapping the slices so there are no spaces, 2. If you have any aubergine left over, finely chop it and set aside.

  5. Cook the pasta in the boiling water for 3 minutes short of the time on the packet. Drain well, and gently mix with the sauce. Stir in the cheeses, the salami and any extra chopped aubergine.

  6. Spoon the filling into the aubergine lined bowl, 3, and press down gently to eliminate any gaps. Fold over the ends of the aubergine. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then rest for 10 minutes to set so that it will be easier to turn out. Put a large plate on top of the bowl and swiftly turn both the bowl and plate over.Remove the bowl and serve with extra grated cheese and black pepper.

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18th Apr, 2011
This is one of the most fantastic dishes I've ever cooked. It makes a stunning impression on everybody, even the keenest cooks, make this dish, impress everyone and tastewise you won't be dissappointed. Similarly to NinaM left out the chicken livers as couldn't get them in my local supermarket but the next time will definitely go with the livers. If you follow the recipe and there is no need for an egg as the dish holds together fine. If you have some spare time don't think twice and go for it you won't regret. Thanks
24th Jul, 2010
1000 calories a portion seems like there must be something wrong with the calculations. On the other hand, this really is a whole meal in one dish and a 1000 calorie meal is OK in my book! We made it leaving out the chicken livers and we added a beaten egg to bind the pasta filling together. Result? Super-duper delish!
22nd Jan, 2008
nearly 1000 cals per serving??
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