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  • Serves: 8 Servings

Aegean Casserole

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Category: Casseroles, Beef

 Ingredients List

  • **White Sauce**
  • 4 c Milk
  • 1/4 c Butter or margarine
  • 2/3 c All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Bay leaf
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1/3 c Freshly grated Parmesan
  • -cheese
  • REST: :
  • 6 c Eggplant; finely diced
  • 2 ts Salt; divided
  • 1 tb Olive oil; (plus one 1 tsp
  • -more)
  • 1 c Onions; finely chopped
  • 2 ts Minced garlic
  • 1/2 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 pn Ground red pepper
  • 1 lb Lean ground beef
  • 1/2 ts Dried mint flakes
  • 1/2 ts Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 c Tomato paste
  • 1 cn (28-oz) tomatoes
  • 1/3 c Fresh flat-leaf parsley;
  • -chopped
  • 1 pk (16-oz) ziti pasta; cook
  • -according to pk


1. Make White Sauce: Bring milk to boil in medium saucepan over high heat.
Melt butter in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat Add flour and cook,
whisking, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, bay leaf and salt; bring to
boil, whisking. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, 10 minutes. Remove from
heat. Discard bay leaf and stir in Parmesan.

2. Toss eggplant with 1 teaspoon salt; drain in colander 30 minutes. Pat
dry. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add
eggplant and cook, stirring, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Add
onions and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cinnamon and red
pepper; cook 15 seconds. Add meat, mint, remaining 1 teaspoon and teaspoon
salt and the pepper; cook, stirring, until meat is no longer pink. Add
tomato paste and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Add eggplant
and bring to simmer; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in

4. Transfer cooked ziti to large bowl and stir in 1 cup White Sauce. Spread
half the ziti in bottom of deep 5-quart casserole. Spoon on filling, then
remaining ziti and White Sauce. Bake uncovered 25 to 35 minutes, until
bubbly and browned.

Per serving: 339 Calories; 22g Fat (58% calories from fat); 16g Protein;
20g Carbohydrate; 74mg Cholesterol; 1039mg Sodium

NOTES : We combined the flavors of our favorite Greek specialties-moussaka
and pastitsioto create a new classic.

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