Baked Semolina with Tomato Sauce


Baked Semolina & Tomato Sauce

Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat often used in making pasta. It’s rarely used in home cooking, but it’s actually a great grain to have around the house. Sometimes, especially on weekends, my family and I skip pasta and make baked semolina instead, serving it with homemade tomato sauce. Yum!
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Allergens: Egg, Milk, Wheat
  • Servings: 6


  • 1 quart + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semolina
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 egg yokes (whisked)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can tomatoes (chopped)
  • Black pepper
  • Basil


  1. In 4-quart pan, bring milk, nutmeg, salt, and 4 tablespoons butter to boil.   

  2. Lower heat and add semolina, whisking constantly to make smooth mixture.  
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add whisked eggs and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.  

  5. Lightly grease cookie sheet and spread dough on sheet to thickness of ½ inch.

  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.  

  7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  
  8. Grease shallow baking dish.  
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator and use cookie cutter to cut disks of chilled dough.  
  10. Lift dough disks off cookie sheet and arrange (without overlapping) in baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle disks with remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  12. Heat remaining oil in saucepan.  

  13. Add garlic and onion, and cook until soft.  

  14. Add tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  15. Season with salt and pepper.
  16. Serve disks with tomato sauce on side and garnish with basil.

Bon appétit!

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  • GB

    Had this tonight.
    It’s fantastic. The tomatoes were really, really delicious.
    And the semolina cakes with them felt like I was having fried food but it’s healthy. Holy shmoly… how is this even possible? Faux fried food?
    It’s the least=guilty guilty-pleasure I’ve had in a long while!

    • veggiecurean

      Dear GB, thanks for your kind words. I am always working on a healthier version of traditional dishes from around the world.

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