Friday, September 23, 2011


One of my favorite past times in Florida was spending the day at Tarpon Springs enjoying those Greek delicacies. Here is a simple recipe from Amanda Briggs in Greenfield, Wisconsin that makes a fabulous Pastitsio. This is definitely a keeper and easy enough for a weeknight meal. Your family will love the new flavors. It's a great answer to "something different".



1 package (7 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
1 pound ground beef or lamb
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups 2% milk
1 egg, lightly beaten


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, oregano, pepper and cinnamon if desired; heat through.
Drain macaroni; place half of macaroni in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Layer with meat mixture and remaining macaroni. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and remaining salt until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in remaining cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.

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