Chef Davide Gardini from renowned Italian dining venue BiCE Ristorante, located in the heart of Hilton Dubai Jumeirah has shared a detailed recipe and method to prepare a perfect Italian Iftar for your family this holy month of Ramadan. Rich and easy to make Paccheri Gratinati is a perfect for a family sharing pasta dish.
With over 15 years of culinary experience, Chef Davide Gardini oversees all gastronomic aspects at BiCE Ristorante.
. Paccheri pasta 20 PCS
. Tomato Sauce 350gr
. Parmigiano cheese 150gr
. Fresh Basil 5-6 leaves
. Black Pepper to taste
. Salt fine to taste
. Extra virgin olive oil 20ml
. Mozzarella fior di latte cheese 150gr
. Cook the Paccheri pasta in salty boiling water till 90% of the cooking time (Around 15-16 minutes)
. Cut the mozzarella in small cubes (if you prefer just chop it)
. Add the mozzarella to the tomato sauce (Wait until the sauce is cold to avoid to melt the cheese)
. Add the hands chopped basil leaves to the mixture
. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it well and arrange it in a bowl with some extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Leave it cooling down
. As the pasta will be cold, mix it with the sauce
. Now arrange the Paccheri, one by one in line, in an aluminum backing disposable in order to cover the whole surface.
. Spread some sauce on the top and sprinkle a generous fistful of parmesan cheese
. Repeat the operation to create a second layer of pasta.
. Again, spread some sauce on the top and sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese.
. Drizzle the top with some Extra virgin olive oil
.Bake the pasta in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees till the top get a golden color and the cheese is completely melted.
Chef’s note: Tasty and rich pasta, perfect for Ramadan family style dining at home.