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The Novice Gardener: (Not) Sunday Shout-out to Nancy!

Today marks another guest post here at feasting with friends. It comes to us via Angie of The Novice Gardener. If you’re a frequent visitor here, you know Angie well. Not only is she the brains and host behind Fiesta Friday and the newer Fiesta Friday Challenge, I’ve featured some of her recipes as well. Shrimp Etoufee and Apple Crepes were two recipes I featured in Sunday Shout-Out posts. Angie shares many delicious recipes. How about a mouth watering Roasted Poblano and Corn Chowder? Or maybe you want something sweet…perhaps a delectable Nutella Roll is more your speed. I think it’s impossible to go wrong with Angie’s recipes…they are both delicious and dependable.

When I started this blog, it was basically a way to catalog recipes. Making blogging friends wasn’t even on my radar in those early days. But then it happened. People showed up. There were “likes” and “comments”. Angie was one of those first people. She oozed support and encouragement. She brought me out of my shell. Over the last few months, that support and encouragement has stretched into my personal life as well. She is family now…part of my blogging family. I can’t thank Angie enough for all of the love, support and encouragement she has sent my way. She has soothed my road to recovery in more ways than one. She’s a compassionate soul, to say the least. I’m better for knowing her.  ❤

Angie is one busy lady. That didn’t stop her from saying “yes” to doing this post. I’m flattered she chose a feasting with friends recipe. THANK YOU, Angie! I’ll now hand the microphone over to you…take it away!

angel hair timbaleThis is a Sunday Shout-out to Nancy. Except it’s not Sunday. So, once again, this is a (not) Sunday Shout-out to Nancy. (In my defense, I did make this on Sunday.)

Those of us loyal followers of Nancy know about her Sunday Shout-out series. If you didn’t know about it, then consider yourself a disloyal follower. In this series, Nancy features and cooks other bloggers’ recipes, thereby giving them a shout-out. What a wonderful and generous idea by Nancy. Which is hardly surprising, considering she is a wonderful, generous, and supportive person any blogger is lucky to call a friend.


angel hair timbaleI include myself in that lucky group. Nancy has always been there for me and my Fiesta Friday, always encouraging, always helping. Writing a guest post for her is just an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny way for me to express my appreciation, and to return the favor.

Nancy’s own recipes, by the way, are exceptionally outstanding in their own right. Why else would I keep bookmarking them? My digital archive of Feasting With Friends recipes has ballooned to the point where my iMac is ready to pop. So, I thought it best to start relieving the poor thing by actually cooking them. Starting with the attention-grabbing Angel Hair Timbale. Next up, Chou Farci. Then, Shrimp Diablo… The list is long.

So, even though it isn’t Sunday, it is a shout-out nonetheless. A reverse shout-out to Nancy, from a fan and a friend. A Fiesta Friday Fan Friend of Feasting with Friends. Nancy and I love the eff words, it seems.

Please refer to Nancy’s Angel Hair Timbale for the original recipe, which I follow pretty closely. The only thing I did differently was to layer the different components of the filling, just like making a lasagna.

making timballo

making timpano

Angel Hair Timbale

angel hair timbale
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large eggplant, cubed  [about 2 cups]
2 small zucchini, cubed [about 1½ cups]
1 small yellow squash, cubed [about 1 cup]
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
½ cup onion, small dice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
¾ pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed [about 3 links]
1/3 cup dry red wine
3 cups tomato sauce [or marinara, see above]
½ – 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
8 ounces angel hair pasta
¾ pound fresh mozzarella, diced
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (17 1/4-ounce) package frozen puff pastry [2 sheets], thawed


•Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and garlic. Stir to coat in the oil. Salt and pepper to taste, and add the red pepper flakes. Saute about 10 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. I find using a lid on the pan for about ½ of the cook time, helps to speed up the process. Remove cooked vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.

•To the same skillet [heat still at medium-high], add the sausage and red wine. Using a wooden spoon, break the sausage into smaller pieces and cook until wine evaporates and sausage is no longer pink. Remove from skillet using the slotted spoon and add to the cooked veggies.

•If you’re prepping this recipe ahead of time, refrigerate veggie/meat mixture until ready to continue [allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes if it has been refrigerated]. When you’re ready…on to the next step…

•Cook the angel hair pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water for ½ of the time indicated on the package instructions. Drain and in a large bow, toss with the veggie/sausage mixture and the 3 cups of tomato sauce [marinara]. Stir well. Set aside, and allow to cool.

•Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare the pastry crust: On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 sheet of the puff pastry to a 13½-inch square. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan, allowing excess pastry to hang over the edge.

•Add the diced mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese to the cooled filling, toss well to combine. Spoon the mixture into the pastry lined pan.

•Roll out the 2nd sheet of puff pastry to a 13-inch square. Place the pastry over the filling. Pinch the edges of the puff pastry together to seal. Trim the “overhang” of pastry sheets to within 1-inch of the pan. Fold the edges in to form a crust/decorative border. Cut a slit in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

•Bake until the pastry is browned and puffed on top, about 1½ hours. Let stand for 20 minutes. Remove the pan sides, and serve.

This Angel Hair Timbale is surprisingly easy to make, and would make an impressive dinner entrée. For that, it receives two thumbs up. Excellent recipe, Nancy!

Humongous THANKS to you, Angie! Your guest post is greatly appreciated. I’m honored you choose to make your version of the timbale.

Don’t forget to pop on over to visit Angie at The Novice Gardener…you’ll be so happy you did!


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  2. Lovely post and photos, Nancy! The shout out posts sound like so much fun, and a wonderful way to share the warmth and support of our blogging circles!

    I will be less active over the next 2-3 weeks as I’m travelling, but am already looking forward to catching up when I get back! 🙂

  3. OMG! This looks over-the-top delicious! Angie, you continue to amaze me! And how very fortunate Nancy is to have you as a guest poster (is that even a word?) Now, where’s my fork?

    • Thank you, Lidia! Nancy’s recipe was easy to follow so it wasma cinch to make. Will make it again this weekend for a get-together with friends. Hoping to make an improved decorated top crust. 🙂

      Say… are you ready to come back? No pressure, just asking. ❤

  4. Oh, Angie! How sweet is it that regardless of how busy you are, you are able to do this for Nancy. ❤ This Timbale (haven't heard of them before) sounds really good and wow, the photos are amazing (as always).

    Nancy, you and Angie are both amazing. We love both of you. ❤ I hope you are feeling better.

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