Posted by: Zorymar | July 25, 2011

Corn Pasticcio

This corn pasticcio (baked pasta) is another one of those staple dishes that my grandma Pancha used to make often. It is also appealing both to kids and adults, so it was a popular option for family get-togethers. While I was cooking it this weekend, I thought of grandma lots. And while sharing it with friends and seeing them enjoy it, I got a glimpse once more of why grandma enjoyed cooking so much: she loved caring for others and that was her way of showing it best! Here’s the end result, right before we devoured it:

Ingredients:
700 grams of fettuccine pasta
2 cans of cream of corn
1 can of corn niblets
350 grams of mozzarella cheese, grated
150 grams of parmesan cheese, grated
Bechamel Sauce

Preparation:
Prepare the Bechamel sauce. Preheat the oven to 350. Cook the pasta in large pot of boiling water according to the instructions of the package. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the hot water and keep pasta in the pot with enough cold water to cover it completely. Lightly grease (with butter) a Pyrex or baking dish and begin assembling your pasticcio (if you wan to make sure you use the right amount of each ingredient, simply divide each one into 3 equal parts, as you will be creating 3 layers of pasticcio): Start with a layer of pasta, followed by a few spoonfuls of cream of corn (spread this gently with the back of your spoon to cover the pasta as evenly as possible). Top with a few spoonfuls of the corn niblets and then add a layer of the Bechamel sauce (again, spreading it over the pasta with the back of your spoon). Add a generous layer of grated mozzarella and top with a few spoonfuls of the grated parmesan. Repeat this procedure 3 times, ending with the cheese layers, making sure to cover generously with the parmesan. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes, then take off the foil, turn the heat up to broil and cook for a couple of minutes until the cheese browns slightly.

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Responses

  1. Jer had it for lunch and loooooooved it! Thank you so muuch! Xoxo

    • You’re welcome Mine! So glad he liked it!

  2. I think I’ve had this before, but I am not 100% sure. I would prepare it to refresh my memory, but my husband doesn’t like corn :S, and I’m not about to eat all that ! LOL

    Also, I forgot to mention in another comment… My grandmother’s name is also Panchita (Francisca), but she doesn’t cook haha

    My other grandma Ana has great recipes, so at least I have one good cooking grandmother 🙂

    • Maybe you can make just half of it when you have some friends over so you can get to taste it without having to eat it all (that’s what I did!) 🙂
      What a great coincidence that you have a Panchita in your life too, glad to hear grandma Ana does cook 😉

  3. Also, I added a link to your blog on my blog 🙂

    • Thanks Melissa, what’s your blog?

  4. It’s a work in progress: http://venezuelancooking.wordpress.com/

    • It looks great! I will add a link to your Arepas post on mine 🙂

  5. Try adding charboiled pasilla chile strips and zuchinni for added pazazzzzz….

    • Thanks Erica, sounds tasty!


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