As I mentioned in my recent post about Italian food, some of the best recipes come from Italian creativity when times are tough (la cucina povera) in southern Italy that was pretty much all the time… well, times are tough everywhere! but don’t let that stop you from making delicious Italian food. Pasta Pie or pizza di macaroni is a great way to make leftover pasta into a great new recipe. This recipe was created for exactly that reason… as you may know, Italians don’t cook the “correct amount” of anything. It goes something like this at my house, “how many people are we?… 6? we’ll need 3 pounds of pasta.” So when there’s a pound of pasta left over, what do you with it? (Yes frat boy, you could eat it cold.) make Pasta Pie!
There’s no reason to wait until you have leftover pasta though… Pasta Pie is a great treat anytime! especially in the summer. Check out this monster my brother-in-law made this past weekend. This is 4 pounds of pasta deliciousness. Everyone has their own recipe, amounts, types of pasta, etc. I don’t have the exact recipe (hint: there is no exact recipes in Italian cooking, the sooner you realize that, the happier we will all be) but here’s the basics of how he makes his… which was delicious!
He uses different types of long pasta (spaghetti, bucatini, etc.) if you use short cut pasta it tends to crumble easily. The different pasta types also help make it less dense. Cook your pasta and let it cool and drain well. Then beat 12 eggs per pound of pasta (no, that isn’t a misprint… 12 eggs per pound of pasta, I never said my brother-in-law wasn’t cRaZy) apparently my sister only had 24 eggs to add to the 4 pounds of pasta so it didn’t come out exactly how it should have (so 48 eggs would be the correct amount here?… C-r-A-z-Y!) Add the eggs, grated parmigiana, salt and pepper to the pasta and mix well. In a humongous frying pan (obviously) add olive oil and let the pasta mixture cook until golden brown (the trick is to move the pasta around so that it forms in the pan) then take the lid of the pan and flip the pasta. Let both sides get golden brown and you have yourself a Pasta Pie. I wouldn’t recommend starting with a 4 pounder… you might want to make a 1 pounder first. You can also add other ingredients as well… sopressata, ham or whatever your creative Italian soul is feeling. So have yourself a slice of Pasta Pie, a fresh summer salad and a glass of wine. Enjoy and buon appetito!