Tortellini Torta

Note: If desired, heat additional pasta sauce to spoon onto individual servings.


Makes 8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 546
Caloriesfromfat 33 %
Protein 26 g
Fat 20 g
Satfat 9.6 g
Carbohydrate 69 g
Fiber 6.6 g
Sodium 983 mg
Cholesterol 77 mg


3 eggplant (about 1 lb. each)
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 onion (about 1/2 lb.), chopped
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
3 cups canned tomato-based pasta sauce
3 packages (9 oz. each) fresh cheese-filled tortellini
2 cups (1/2 lb.) shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Butter or margarine
2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs


1. Rinse eggplant; trim off and discard stems. Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch cubes.

2. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, combine eggplant, garlic, onion, 1 cup broth, and 4 tablespoons basil. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil, stirring often, until eggplant mashes very easily when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat, bring pasta sauce and remaining broth to boiling, stirring often. Add tortellini and stir often until pasta is barely tender to bite, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in jack cheese and 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese.

4. Butter sides and bottom of a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim. Dust pan with bread crumbs. Spoon 1/2 of the tortellini mixture into pan and spread level. Top tortellini with eggplant, spread level, then add remaining tortellini and spread level. If making ahead, cover and chill up to 1 day.

5. Bake, covered, in a 350° oven for 20 minutes (50 minutes if chilled). Uncover and bake until hot in center (about 130° on a thermometer), 10 to 15 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes.

6. Run a knife between pan rim and pasta; remove pan rim. Sprinkle pie with remaining parmesan cheese and basil. Cut into wedges.


October 1997
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