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Food Festivals of Italy
by James Fraioli and Leonardo Curti

Pasticcio Di Maccheroni
(Baked Macaroni Pie)
Serves 6-8

Pie Crust

    ~ 1 cup unsalted butter
    ~ 2¼ cups flour
    ~ 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    ~ 1 teaspoon sugar
    ~ 3 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Homemade Tomato Sauce

    ~ ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    ~ 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
    ~ ¼ small yellow onion, finely sliced
    ~ 3 (28-ounce) cans tomatoes, with Juice
    ~ 5 fresh basil leaves
    ~ Salt and pepper, to taste

The Filling

    ~ 8 ounces penne pasta
    ~ 1 cup Homemade Tomato Sauce
    ~ ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    ~ ½ cup grated mozzarella
    ~ 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
    ~ Salt and pepper, to taste

Pulse the butter, flour, salt, and sugar in a Cuisinart until the mixture resembles a course meal.

With the machine running, pour in 3 tablespoons ice water and pulse Add additional ice water if necessary, until the mixture forms a ball Turn off machine and remove the dough ball Separate in half and store in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

NOTE: Dough can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and let sit on a floured work surface for 10 minutes With a rolling pin, roll each dough ball into a 10-inch circle, set aside.

In a heavy stockpot, add the oil, carrot, and onion and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes Add the tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper Bring ingredients to a boil, and then turn heat to low and cook for an additional 20 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid scorching If sauce is watery, continue to simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. After cooking, set contents aside and let cool When cooled, puree in a blender This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions; drain.

In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the Homemade Tomato Sauce, cheeses, basil, salt, and pepper.

In a greased 8-inch pie dish, layer the bottom with one of the rolled doughs, like making a pie, fill the dish with the pasta mixture and then top with the second dough, using a fork to seal the edges Bake the pasta pie in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool before slicing.


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