Giorgio Locatelli’s Italian Christmas recipes

TIMBALLO DI MACCHERONI (BAKED PASTA WITH AUBERGINE)

Many families will prepare this first thing on Christmas morning and then leave it to roast while they are at church. It’s the perfect dish for sharing.

SERVES 4C6aubergines 3, preferably the round, pale violet ones sea salt unsalted butter for greasing 2 tbspbreadcrumbs 5 tbspolive oilonion 1 medium, thinly slicedgarlic clove 1, can you wash a canada goose parka crushed tin of chopped tomatoes 1 x 400grigatoni or penne rigate 400gcaciocavallo or pecorino cheese 60g, sliced

Cut the aubergines into thin slices, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in a colander for at least 2 hours. Squeeze lightly to get rid of the excess liquid.

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Grease a round cake tin or tart tin, about 25cm diameter and 3-4cm deep, then put in 2 tbsp of breadcrumbs and shake and turn the tin so that the breadcrumbs cling to the butter and line the tin.

Heat buy canada goose jacket in canada about 6mm of olive oil in a deep frying pan and saut the aubergine slices in batches until lightly coloured. Lift out, drain on kitchen paper, then, using about three-quarters of the aubergines, overlap the slices over the base and around the sides of the greased and breadcrumbed tin.