Baked Maccheroni Layered with Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella

Maccheroni al Forno alla Rustica

Preparation info
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Appears in
The Classic Pasta Cookbook

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 1993

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This is a sumptuous and satisfying dish that can easily be a one-course meal. Italian maccheroni are not the elbow kind you’ll find in packaged mac and cheese. Their shape is similar to a small rigatoni. In fact, rigatoni would make a very good substitute.


  • Vegetable oil, enough to come ½” up the side of a 10-inch skillet
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise ¼” thick
  • Salt
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  1. Pour enough vegetable oil in a 10-inch skillet to come ½-inch up the sides and place over high heat. Carefully slip in as many slices of eggplant as will comfortably fit in the pan. Whe