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TIMPANO..EGGPLANT WRAPPED PASTA

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As labor intense as this might seem, it can be acomplished over a few days, rather than doing all at once. That said, this is a wonderful dish and well worth the effort...
 
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Step 1: INGREDIENTS

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the filling...
1 lbs of Zitti or Rigatoni
2 red peppers
1 onion
2 carrots
3 plum tomatoes
1/2 cup of peas
1 1/2 cups of dice mozzerella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorina cheese
1 cup of freshly made tomato sauce

the besciamella sauce...
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons of unbleached flour
1 cup of cold milk

the crust...
2 large eggplants
2 tablespoons of butter
2-3 tablespoons of breadcrumb



Step 2: GRILLING THE EGGPLANT

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After slicing the eggplant vertically, brush with olive oil, salt and pepper them and place flat on a cookie sheet. One trick to getting the eggplants to maintain their shape, is to cut them into slices and place them into a colander sprinklered with kosher salt for about two hours prior to baking or grilling them. (As you can see, I did not do this step)
Put them in the oven for about 5-8 minutes per side on 425 degrees F, make sure you turn them over and repeat.

Step 3: MAKING THE BESCIAMELLE SAUCE

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In a small saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter set over medium heat, when this has melted, whisk in the 2 tablespoons of flour and gradually add in 1 cup of cold milk. Continue this for another 8 minutes, whisking regularly until it thickens.

Step 4: SAUTE THE VEGETABLES

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In a large saucepan, heat some olive oil on a high temperature, lightly brown the onions then add in the red peppers, carrots, broccoli, and then the tomatoes. Let this cook for about 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are browned. At this point, add in the 1 cup of tomato sauce.

Step 5: COMBINING THE INGREDIENTS

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Once the vegetables are cooked, then add in the Besciamella Sauce with the peas. Fully incorporate this by turning with a rubber spatula, as we do not want to lose the texture of the individual ingredients.