Timpano

Staff Writer
Timpano
Left Bank

Italian for eardrum, a timpano is a traditional baked pasta dish that consists of a filling made from sausage, cheeses, and vegetables. Varations of the classic dish abound, but no matter what, it makes a great dish to serve to a crowd. 

8
Servings
2055
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the egg yolk pasta dough

  • 2 Cups 00 flour
  • 3/4 Cups semolina flour
  • 18 egg yolks
  • 8 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

For the tomato sauce

  • 16 Cups peeled Italian plum tomatoes, separated from the sauce they are packed in, and crushed
  • 1 head fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 large bunch basil, torn
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the béchamel sauce

  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1/4 Pound butter
  • 3/4 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the meatballs

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Pound ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper

For assembly

  • 2 Pounds sweet Italian sausage, cooked
  • 8 whole eggs, hard-cooked
  • 1/4 Pound sliced soppressata
  • 1/4 Pound sliced prosciutto cotto
  • 1 Pound fresh buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 Cups grated aged provolone
  • 1 Cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 Pound cooked, drained, and chopped spinach
  • 4 chicken livers, dusted in flour and lightly sautéed in butter until cooked through

Directions

For the egg yolk pasta dough

 

Combine the flours and pile onto a wooden cutting board, circling-out a well in the center of the mound.  In the well, place the egg yolks, water and olive oil.  With a fork, working from where the egg meets the flour, begin to incorporate the flour.  Make a dough and knead it for about 10 minutes until the mass is smooth and elastic.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 1 hour.  You'll need to make this recipe twice as you’ll need two doughs; one for the garganelli, one for the timpano’s outer shell.  

For the tomato sauce

 

Coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil.  Over medium heat, sauté the garlic until it's slightly browned and aromatic.  Add the red pepper flakes to the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add the crushed tomatoes all at once.  Season the pot with salt, and cook down, stirring intermittently, for about 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes take on a glossy sheen.  Add the basil last. 

For the béchamel sauce

 

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the flour and whisk until it is fully incorporated and the flour-butter mixture has a slightly nutty color and aroma.  Slowly, while stirring, add the milk.  Season the soon to be béchamel with the nutmeg and salt.  Bring the milk to an easy boil, and let it thicken. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the meatballs

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all of the ingredients and form into golf ball sized balls and place on a greased baking sheet.  Roast the meatballs until cooked through and golden  brown, about 20 minutes.

For assembly

 

Roll out one dough and shape into garganelli. Boil the whole batch in salted water. Coat the al dente pasta with some of the tomato sauce and fresh olive oil. Set the garganelli aside with the rest of your ingredients.

Roll out the other dough into one huge, flat, thin pasta sheet. Coat the inside of your timpano drum with olive oil.  Drop the sheet into the drum . Your pasta sheet must be large enough to be folded over itself and create a seal once the drum is stuffed.  

Lay some garganelli down in the bottom of the mold.  Shake some cheese over, followed by some spinach and sliced egg. Next add some bechamél, and then more cheese.  Cut some of the meatballs and sausage into the mix, more cheese to bind. Add another layer of garganelli and tomato sauce, then some more spinach.  

Contine to add the ingredients in layers, keeping in mind that the béchamel, cheeses,and spinach to a degree will act as your binding, so be sure to include it as much as possible.  The garganelli will soften up and help the mold the timpano as well.  

Once its all filled up and most of your ingredients have been used, fold the overhanging portion of the pasta sheet over the center, covering the middle.  Seal it up with a little water and olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Cover the timpano with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 45 minutes. Let it sit in its mold for at least 20 minutes after baking, and then invert it onto a plate so that the dome shape is facing upwards. Let it sit for another hour in its mold before removing and slicing. 

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
131g
100%
Sugar
35g
N/A
Saturated Fat
55g
100%
Cholesterol
897mg
100%
Protein
116g
100%
Carbs
104g
35%
Vitamin A
1906µg
100%
Vitamin B12
12µg
100%
Vitamin B6
2mg
95%
Vitamin C
75mg
100%
Vitamin D
10µg
2%
Vitamin E
9mg
44%
Vitamin K
482µg
100%
Calcium
1560mg
100%
Fiber
9g
36%
Folate (food)
443µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
462µg
100%
Folic acid
11µg
N/A
Iron
13mg
71%
Magnesium
249mg
62%
Monounsaturated
54g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
15mg
77%
Phosphorus
1768mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
11g
N/A
Potassium
2856mg
82%
Riboflavin (B2)
3mg
100%
Sodium
3397mg
100%
Thiamin (B1)
2mg
100%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
15mg
100%

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