When I tell people about Sicilian baked macaroni, they think of baked ziti, never having heard of baked macaroni the way my family makes it. It is totally different from baked ziti. Baked ziti is cooked ziti pasta mixed with sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven. When I tell them how I make my baked macaroni, the comment that I get is that it sounds delicious!
Baked Macaroni is layers of pasta, sauce, meatballs, eggs, and cheese. It is full of all of the wonderful flavors that come from its ingredients. It is really delicious! I have never seen it offered, the way my family makes it, on any menu in any Italian restaurant. It might be because it is not an Italian dish, it is a Sicilian dish.
The only way you will taste our Sicilian baked macaroni is to make it yourself and that is why I am giving you the recipe! I hope you will enjoy it!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
9 ½” x 13” Roasting pan
BEFORE making baked macaroni, make one recipe of Sunday Sauce and meatballs, sausage and beef.
Or for my “cheater” recipe, use a jar of your favorite sauce and store-bought meatballs.
When you have more time, you can make home-made sauce and meatballs to make “from scratch” baked macaroni. You can even make the sauce and meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for when you make baked macaroni again.
One recipe of Sunday Sauce with home-made meatballs
or one jar of your favorite sauce and store-bought meatballs for my “cheater recipe”
1 ½ lb. cut ziti or rigatoni pasta
6 oz. sliced pepperoni cut into smaller pieces
5 c. Sunday Sauce
6 meatballs cut into bite-sized pieces
4 raw eggs
4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
6 hard boiled eggs – peeled and sliced
Pecorino Romano cheese
Cook the ziti or rigatoni pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Return to pan. Add 3 ½ cups of the Sunday Sauce and the pepperoni and stir well. Add the 4 raw eggs and stir in. Add the cut up meatballs and 2 oz. mozzarella cheese and stir in gently.
Spray the bottom of the roasting pan with non-stick spray. For the first layer, spread 1/4 cup of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the pasta mix on the bottom of the pan. Spread half cup of sauce over the pasta mix. Spread three of the sliced hard-boiled eggs on top of the sauce and then half of the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano Cheese.
Spread the rest of the pasta mix on top of the first layer. Spread the other three sliced eggs on top. Cover with half cup of sauce. Next, spread with the rest of the mozzarella cheese and then sprinkle with Pecorino Romano Cheese. Pour about a quarter cup of water around the edges of the layers of pasta to keep it moist while it bakes.
Cover. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Let it set for about 10 – 15 minutes before serving.
How to serve:
While baked macaroni sets, about 10 – 15 minutes, serve salad “family style” with bread and butter.
Serve meatballs, sausage and beef in a separate bowl “family style” with the salad; or individuals can take meat to eat with the baked macaroni. Also put the extra sauce in a serving bowl on the table if people would like more on their baked macaroni or meat.
Cut baked macaroni into approximately 4 inch squares. The raw eggs hold it together. Pieces will come out in one piece after it sets for a little while after baking.
Baked macaroni tastes great the next day!
Ready to go into the oven!
Time to eat!