Timballo di Anelletti

Timballo di Anelletti is a dish that is made with Anelletti pasta, which is a small ring-shaped pasta. It is typically made with a mixture of meat, typically beef or pork, and vegetables such as eggplant and bell peppers, and béchamel or meat sauce. The pasta and meat mixture is then layered in a baking dish with béchamel or meat sauce and mozzarella cheese and then baked in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Timballo di Anelletti is a hearty, savory dish that is perfect for cold weather or as a comforting weeknight meal. It’s a dish that is loved by many in Sicily, and it’s a classic dish that is enjoyed by many all around the world.


  • 1 lb anelletti pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Flour for dusting


  1. Cook the anelletti pasta according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any excess fat and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add a little more olive oil and sauté the onion, carrot, and celery until they are softened.
  4. Add the beef back to the skillet, along with the tomato sauce and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked anelletti pasta, beef mixture, and grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  7. Spread a dusting of flour on a large baking dish and pour in the pasta mixture.
  8. Top with the grated mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
  10. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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