Macaroni timbale in tomato sauce with bechamel and Grana Padano

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Macaroni timbale in tomato sauce with bechamel and Grana Padano

Details

. Difficulty: Medium . Serves: 4/6 people . Preparation time: 1 hour

Ingredients

500 g macaroni pasta
300 g Grana Padano Riserva
700 g tomato sauce
extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
Rosemary
Thyme
Salt & pepper

For the béchamel
500 g milk
50 g butter
50 g flour 00
Nutmeg
Salt & pepper

Preparation

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water, drain it al dente and let it cool quickly under running water. Put the pasta in a bowl, season with a drizzle of olive oil and set aside.
Prepare the béchamel by melting the butter in a saucepan over low heat, add the flour and mix well with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and without lumps. Pour the milk in, stirring well, add a pinch of salt and grated nutmeg and simmer for 5-6 minutes, until creamy.
Prepare the tomato sauce by frying the garlic clove in a non-stick pan with a drizzle of olive oil, add the tomato purée and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper. When cooked, add half of the grated Grana Padano Riserva and mix well. Leave the sauce to cool.
Grease a 21 cm round dish, spread the bottom with a spoonful of béchamel, a spoonful of sauce and start arranging the macaroni standing up to cover the whole pan.
With the help of a  piping bag, stuff the macaroni with the béchamel and spread more of the tomato sauce on top, sprinkle with the rest of the Grana Padano Riserva, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, thyme and rosemary, and cook in a preheated oven at 200 ° C for 15 minutes, until golden.