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Shortcut Pastitsio

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Category: Beef, Pasta

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 lb Lean ground beef
  • 1/2 c Chopped onion
  • 1/4 c Chopped parsley
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1/2 ts Dried basil
  • 1/8 ts Pepper
  • pn Ground cinnamon; to taste
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce; canned
  • 1 c Water
  • 2/3 c Elbow macaroni; uncooked
  • 1/2 c Shredded cheddar cheese
  • --Sauce--
  • 4 ts All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 ts Dry mustard
  • 2 tb Margarine
  • 1 1/3 c Milk
  • 2 Eggs; beaten


In a large (8-cup) pot, brown crumbled burger with onion. When onion is
tender, stir in next 8 ingredients (parsley through macaroni). Bring to
boiling; cover. Reduce heat; cook until macaroni is tender, 15 minutes,
stirring often. Adjust seasonings to taste. Stir in shredded sharp
American cheese. Turn into a 1-1/2 quart casserole. In saucepan stir
flour, mustard, and margarine. Stirring frequently, add the milk and cook
over low heat till the sauce is thickened and bubbly. Beat the eggs in a
pyrex or heat proof container. Stir some of the white sauce into the 2
beaten eggs. Stirring, return the eggs mixture to the sauce pan. Cook over
low heat 2 minutes. Pour sauce over mixture in casserole.

Bake at 350F till top is set and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand 5
minutes before serving.

VARIATION ~ Cook and drain the pasta. Meanwhile, brown meat with onion. Add
parsley through cinnamon. Add from 8 to 15 ounces of tomato sauce, for
taste and consistency. Omit water or add to thin the sauce, if needed.
Stir in the cheese. MICRO - in a micro-proof bowl or 4-cup pyrex measure,
stir together the flour, mustard, margarine and milk. Micro-wave on high
for two-minute intervals, stirring and turning, until thickened (6
minutes). Pick up the original instructions at "Beat the eggs in a
NOTES : Pastitsio means cinnamon. It also refers to a traditional way of
seasoning ground lamb and pasta in countries like Greece and
Rumania. This
variation uses ground beef. Diners can develop a craving for the
sauce and sweet bite of cinnamon.

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