Adriana's Pasta Pie

Recipe courtesy of Adriana Fazio
TOTAL TIME: 5 hr
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 15 min
Cook: 4 hr 15 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

CRUST:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    FILLING:
    • 5 cups cooked tubetti pasta (tiny tubes or baby shells work best)
    • 1/2 pound shredded mozzarella
    • 2 cups Adriana's tomato basil sauce, recipe follows
      ADRIANA'S TOMATO BASIL SAUCE:
      • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
      • 1 teaspoon black ground pepper
      • 3/4 cup sugar
      • 1 cup fresh whole basil leaves
      • 1 (2-ounce) chunk Romano cheese
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      Directions

      Crust:
      Mix crust ingredients gently to combine. Do not over mix. Put mixture into a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Shape meat to form a 1-inch thick crust.

      Filling:

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

      Mix filling ingredients and scoop into meat crust.
      Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Let pie cool for 15 minutes before cutting into 8 pie slices. Top each slice with Adriana's Tomato Basil Sauce and sprinkle with a little Parmesan.
      Tomato Basil Sauce:
      In large pot, cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes only. Add tomatoes, paste, water, all seasonings, and fresh basil. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat. Add the chunk of Romano cheese. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours stirring often.
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