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Pastitsio

9
8
5
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep
30 min
Cook
1 hr 20 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Moderate
We lightened up this Greek dish by using extra lean ground beef instead of lamb. And for a rich, creamy sauce with minimal fat, we used evaporated skim milk.

Ingredients

Uncooked 95% lean ground beef

16 oz

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

Canned tomato sauce

8 oz

Red wine

¼ fl oz, (dry)

Ground cinnamon

1½ tsp

Uncooked whole wheat pasta

8 oz, such as penne

Egg(s)

1 large, lightly beaten

Fat free evaporated milk

¾ cup(s)

Salted butter

1 Tbsp, or margarine

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

pinch

Fat free evaporated milk

1½ cup(s)

Egg(s)

1 large, lightly beaten

Egg white(s)

2 item(s), large, lightly beaten

Parmesan cheese

1¾ oz, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Coat a 9- X 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. To make meat sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion, stirring frequently, until meat is brown and onion is tender, about 10 minutes; drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, wine and cinnamon. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Combine 1 beaten egg, 3/4 cup of evaporated milk and cooked pasta in a large bowl; toss to combine and set aside.
  4. To make cream sauce, melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk; cook, stirring, until thickened and slightly bubbly, about 5 to 8 minutes. Gradually stir 1 beaten egg and egg whites into hot milk mixture (be careful not to ‘scramble’ eggs); set aside.
  5. Layer half of pasta mixture in prepared dish; spread with meat sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese. Top with remaining pasta mixture; pour cream sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes more or until a knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.