Savoury spaghetti pastiera

    1 hour 35 min

    It's called pastiera, but has nothing to do with the classic Italian Easter tart. This is a rich oven baked spaghetti dish, with cream, eggs and cheese. It's usually served in Naples on the eve of Easter.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 500g thick spaghetti
    • 1 tablespoon lard
    • 500ml milk
    • 500ml double cream
    • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 100g grated Pecorino cheese
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:15min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Cook the spaghetti in salted water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Add lard and milk and mix well. Let the pasta cool, stirring from time to time to absorb the milk.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    3. Once the spaghetti mixture is cool, add cream, eggs, grated Pecorino, salt and pepper; mix well. Grease a baking dish and add the spaghetti mixture.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until the top is golden.
    5. Remove from oven, let stand for about 10 to 15 minutes and serve.

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