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Baked rice timbale (sartù di riso)

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by Ada Parisi
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Timballo di riso al forno o sartù di riso

In Sicily we call this Baked rice timbale recipe, (sartù di riso) and has a summer version (with Eggplant and tomato sauce easy) and a winter (with meat sauce). In the municipality there are always provolone, peas, boiled eggs and grated cheese. The one that Today I present to you is the winter version of the baked rice timbale, that is the same as that in Campania called sartù di riso. Is’ rich as the TIMBALE anelletti TO PALERMITANA, which also has a version WINTER AT RAGU'. And a version invented by me with EGGPLANT AND MEATBALLS.

My family recipe for baked rice timballo

The Baked rice timbale is outstanding dish, one of the many Sunday dishes for family lunch and It hides a very rich filling under the burnished rind of the rice: you can do it with meat sauce or with meatballs and, in both cases, is irresistible. The outer crust is crisp and browned breadcrumbs thanks to which is sprinkled the pan, and so the timbale of rice as well as having a crunchy crust transforms perfectly although freshly baked.

In this recipe, I added a personal variation: A simple tomato sauce which makes the baked rice timbale even more moist and delicious, which of course you can not put. The only difficulty in this recipe is to keep the rice: a rice timbale scotto you can't quite forgive. Then, I recommend, be strict in respect of the time of cooking rice, otherwise the frustration of all the work done. Take a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES and, if you are a rice lovers like me, all my RECIPES FOR RICE AND RICE. Have a good day.

Timballo di riso al forno o sartù di riso

TIMBALLO RICE BAKED (sartù di riso)

Portions: 6 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )



600 grams of Carnaroli rice

3 boiled eggs

400 grams of fresh cheese (or mozzarella well squeezed from liquid)

250 grams of peas

100 grams of shredded PDO parmigiano Reggiano

60 grams of grated pecorino cheese Dop

black pepper as required

bread crumbs to sprinkle the Pan

butter to grease the Pan

200 ml of tomato sauce cooked with little oil and chopped onion

150 grams of ground beef

150 grams of minced veal

150 grams Minced pork

one shallot

4 tablespoons tomato paste

500 ml of tomato puree

extra virgin olive oil as required

two cloves

a bay leaf

salt and pepper

300 milliliters of red wine good (I recommend!)


Baked rice timbale (sartù di riso)

Baked rice timbale

To prepare the timbale of rice in the oven, Once made the sauce (here found the doses and the process and here the video step by step recipe on my You Tube channel), cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool completely. I recommend you prepare the sauce for rice sartù the day before and store in the refrigerator, combining with rice when it is cold.

Boil the peas in lightly salted water. Boil the eggs, Peel them and cut them into slices. Cut the cheese into cubes.

Boil the rice in salted water for half the time indicated on the package. Drain and season with the meat sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and grated pecorino. Butter the Pan you have chosen (I opted for a regular Loaf pan because I wanted to cut into slices, but you can also use a rectangular or square or round), then sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs.

Pour half of the rice, level it by pressing lightly with the back of a spoon, then deploy the provolone, the eggs, the peas, grind some black pepper. Top with the remaining rice and dust the surface with some grated bread and a few butter bows.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake for 20 minutes, and then Brown the timballo under the grill for 5 minutes or until the surface is golden and crispy Saber. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, unmold and serve the accompanying timbale, If you want, with the well-hot tomato sauce. Bon appétit!


ADVICE: drain the lot of rice before the time indicated on the package, I normally bake it half the time indicated. Take care that all the ingredients, the sauce with peas, It is well chilled before dialing the timbale. This will avoid an oven while cooking the rice overcook becoming too soft and unpleasant to the palate. The addition of tomato sauce above is a very personal variant: I like it because it gives a more creamy texture to baked rice timbale, but it is not indispensable.

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Sonia Loved May 9, 2017 - 10:54

Hello, that mouth watering… but I must resist because I would like to prepare it for Sunday, but in the ingredients it says twice: 150 grams Minced pork. Should I use 300 gr.? or 150? grazie mille 🙂

Ada Parisi May 9, 2017 - 10:59

Hello Sonia! No I am a little’ decerebrata. Are in equal amounts beef, veal and pork. If you don't want to use the calf take only beef and pork. And good Sunday lunch! ADA

Sonia May 9, 2017 - 23:59

Thank you very much

Ada Parisi May 10, 2017 - 11:26

you're so welcome! a warm greeting!

GIO February 26, 2016 - 16:32

Hi Ada I discovered your blog thanks to recipe for Chickpea and shrimp ( fabulous) and it is a pleasure to read you. I would like to prepare the pie but I did not understand what happens to the sauce if you are in the refrigerator… Forgive the joke I guess added to cheese and eggs is correct ? I await with trepidation the recipe for summer version.
A warm greeting

Ada Parisi February 26, 2016 - 19:01

Hello Gio, Thank you for your appreciation. The meat sauce, When it is cold, is mixed with rice for season. Should be cool because, combining hot, you would raise the temperature of the rice and continue to Cook. And so you risk getting a timbale scotto. then pour half rice in pan, the cover with cheese boiled peas, complete with the rest of the rice and fire. then pour half rice seasoned with meat sauce into the Pan, the cover with cheese boiled peas, complete with the rest of the rice and fire. Let me know. A warm greeting, ADA

Emanuela February 24, 2016 - 11:58

ADA, But what a delight this dish! Full-bodied and flavorful, a spectacular dish. A hug dear.

Ada Parisi February 24, 2016 - 14:27

Hello Emanuela dear, It is always nice to hear from you. "Si… We say that is a single dish (Read also: a shot of calories, but it's worth it). I love you too…


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