Culinary Symphony: Timpana Recipe from Malta

Dish recipes: Timpana

Embark on a gastronomic journey with our Timpana recipe, a Maltese masterpiece that fuses pasta, savory fillings, and a golden crust. This hearty dish, cherished on the charming island of Malta, is a celebration of flavors and tradition.


1 lb penne or rigatoni pasta (kg: 0.45)

1 lb ground beef (kg: 0.45)

1 lb pork sausage, casing removed (kg: 0.45)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup red wine

1/2 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

4 large eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil for cooking

Shortcrust pastry sheets for lining the baking dish


Cook pasta according to package instructions, then drain and set aside. In a pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add ground beef and sausage, cooking until browned. Drain excess fat. Stir in tomato sauce, red wine, and grated cheese. Simmer until the mixture thickens. In a bowl, beat eggs and season with salt and pepper. Combine the cooked pasta with the meat mixture, then fold in the beaten eggs. Line a baking dish with shortcrust pastry sheets, ensuring to cover the sides. Pour the pasta mixture into the pastry-lined dish, cover with more pastry, and bake until golden brown.


Slice into this golden Timpana, revealing layers of pasta, savory fillings, and flaky pastry. Serve warm, embracing the comforting flavors of Malta.

Let the Timpana be your gateway to the heart of Malta's culinary heritage an experience that combines tradition, bold flavors, and the joy of sharing a memorable meal.