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Pastitsio - Lynn's Greek Meat And Pasta Casserole

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Lynn demonstrates how to make Pastitsio, a Greek meat and pasta casserole. Great for dinner and easy to make. From Taste of Home.
Ingredients
  Elbow macaroni 7 Ounce
  Ground beef/Ground lamb 1 Pound
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped
  Tomato sauce 8 Ounce
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Black pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Oregano 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Cooking spray 2 Dash
For bechamel sauce
  All purpose flour 3 Tablespoon
  Milk 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Eggs 1 , beaten
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a casserole pan.

MAKING
2. In a pot of boiling water add in the macaroni and cook according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
4. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
5. Stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, pepper and cinnamon, heat through.
6. Drain macaroni; place half of macaroni in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle parmesan and layer with meat mixture and remaining macaroni. Set aside.
7. For Béchamel Sauce – In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually add in the milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
8. Remove the sauce from heat. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
9. Remove from heat; stir in remaining cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni.
10. Bake in oven uncovered for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

SERVING
11. Serve Pastitsio with red wine and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Greek
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Beef
Restriction: 
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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