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Pastitsio

Total cooking time: A while.

Ingredients for everything

1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 medium onion(s), chopped
8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/4 cup red wine, dry
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz uncooked penne
2 large egg, lightly beaten
18 oz (2 1/4 cups) fat-free evaporated milk, divided
1 TBSP butter
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 large egg white(s), lightly beaten
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9×13 in glass baking dish with cooking spray
  • Get all of your ingredients ready.
  • Red sauce
    • beef
    • onion
    • tomato sauce
    • wine
    • cinnamon
  • Pasta
    • Penne
    • 1 beaten egg
    • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • White sauce
    • butter
    • flour
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
    • 1 beaten egg
    • egg whites

Make the meat sauce and pasta

  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef and onion. About 10 mins. Drain off fat.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, wine and cinnamon.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and put into a large bowl.
  • Combine pasta with 1 beaten egg, 3/4 cup of evaporated milk; toss to combine and set aside.

Make the white sauce

  • Melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  • Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk
  • Cook, stirring, until thickened and slightly bubbly, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Very gradually stir 1 beaten egg and egg whites into hot milk mixture (be careful not to ‘scramble’ eggs); set aside.

Make the casserole

  • Layer half of pasta mixture in prepared dish
  • Spread with meat sauce
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese.
  • Top with remaining pasta mixture
  • Pour cream sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover; bake about 15 minutes more or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.
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About growingupkitten

I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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