Flavours of WUR: Pasta al Forno

Stefano Fazzari, exchange student from Italy, shares a recipe for pasta al forno.
Stefano Fazzari, an exchange student from Italy

The WUR community is home to all the flavours of the world. Stefano Fazzari is an exchange student from Italy. He shares a recipe for pasta al forno.

‘Pasta al forno is one of my favourite dishes because it reminds me of Sunday lunch, when all the family is at home enjoying a meal together. This is really a recipe for using up leftovers and you can use anything you’ve got in your fridge. My mum’s version uses minced meat but as I said, any type of sauce works in this pasta dish.’

Ingredients for one small oven dish (30x20cm)


  • 500g pasta
  • 2 or 3 mozzarella cheeses, sliced
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano to taste


  • 500 ml tomato puree
  • Half a carrot
  • Half a head of celery
  • Half an onion
  • 200g minced meat
  • A dash of olive oil
  • A dash of red wine


  1. Chop the onion, carrot and celery. Make ‘soffrito’ by frying them in a pan.
  2. Add the meat, and once cooked, a dash of wine.
  3. Once the wine has evaporated, add the tomato puree. Simmer for at least half an hour. Season to taste.
  4. Once the sauce is ready, cook the pasta in salted water. Cook the pasta for a shorter time than suggested on the packaging.
  5. Drain the pasta and add the sauce and the sliced mozzarella.
  6. Put everything in the oven dish with more mozzarella on top and sprinkle with Parmigiano.
  7. Put the dish in a pre-heated oven for 5-10 minutes at 180/190°C. Then turn on the grill and grill the dish for another 5 minutes. Buon appetito!

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