Pasta Al Forno Recipe From Celebrity Chef David Rocco

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David Rocco’s Barilla Pasta Al Forno

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A hearty, vegetable-packed pasta casserole.


  • 1 lb 500g BARILLA® Rigatoni
  • 4 tbs 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 15 infornate olives or any black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 10 large sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 dried chili peppers, crushed (optional)
  • Salt
  • 3 cups 750mL tomato purée
  • 3/4 lb 375g mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Smoked scamorza cheese, roughly chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for sprinkling


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water.
  2. Heat up a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Pour in the extra-virgin olive oil and cook garlic until browned.
  4. Make sure the oil is hot before adding the eggplant, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and chili peppers. Sauté the whole thing until the eggplant is soft and slightly golden.
  5. Once the eggplant is golden, add some salt and the tomato purée. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the pasta is ready.
  6. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add all the sauce, mozzarella and scamorza cheeses. Stir together well.
  7. Pour the whole thing into a large baking dish. Top with a good sprinkle of Parmigiano and bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven for about 30 minutes or until beautifully golden and crisp.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Unsaturated Fat: 0g

214 thoughts on “Pasta Al Forno Recipe From Celebrity Chef David Rocco”

  1. My entire family love pasta dishes and I like to try different pastas. My favorite pasta dish would be Lasagna with mac and cheese a close 2nd

  2. It’s a dish I make which I am not sure the name of. You have chicken, bacon, peppers, onions, spices and chicken broth along with your noodle of choice. Yum yum.

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