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Beef Pastitsio

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Ingredients
  Ground beef 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped to make 1 cup
  Canned tomatoes 16 Ounce, cut up (1 Can)
  Tomato paste 6 Ounce (1 Can)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Dried thyme leaves 1⁄4 Teaspoon, crushed
  Elbow macaroni 7 Ounce (1 Package)
  Egg whites 4 , slightly beaten
  Feta cheese/American cheese 2 Ounce, cubed to make 1/2 cup
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Milk 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Egg yolks 4 , slightly beaten
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat an oven to 375 degree F
2. Grease a large casserole or baking dish with butter.

MAKING
3. In a large skillet, sauté beef and onion till meat is browned.
4. Spoon out excess fat.
5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon salt, and thyme.
6. Cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. In large sauce pan, boil macaroni till al dente.
8. Drain and return to pan.
9. Stir egg whites and cheese into hot macaroni.
10. When the meat is cooked, combine it with macaroni.
11. Turn macaroni into the baking dish.
12. In medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine.
13. Stir in flour, salt and cinnamon.
14. Pour in all the milk, stirring continuously to blend with roux.
15. Stir sauce until thick.
16. Take pan off the heat.
17. Spoon some of the hot sauce into the egg yolks and blend well.
18. Return yolk mixture to white sauce, stirring rapidly.
19. Cover macaroni with sauce.
20. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon.

FINALIZING
21. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until hot and bubbly

SERVING
22. Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Pasta
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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