Skillet moussaka

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
45 min
10 min
25 min
A quintessential Greek dish, Moussaka traditionally is topped with a rich white bechamel sauce. Our version spares none of the richness using feta cheese and ricotta to mimic the bechamel ending in a dish, a little less heavy but just as delicious. The fragrant beef mixture is full of heady spices like cinnamon and allspice. The tomato sauce with an eggplant base gives the dish a hearty vegetable presence. Ready in just 45 minutes, this dish is very family-friendly and likely to become a favorite. Serve with a crispy Greek salad for a themed dinner.


olive oil

1 tsp


1 small, (1-lb), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, diced

table salt

¾ tsp

uncooked 93% lean ground beef

½ pound(s)

garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

dried oregano

2½ tsp

ground cinnamon

½ tsp

black pepper

½ tsp

ground allspice


canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, (1 can)

canned tomato sauce

8 oz, (1 can)

part-skim ricotta cheese

1 cup(s)


1 large

reduced-fat feta cheese

¼ cup(s), crumbled

fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), chopped


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant, onion, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and lightly browned, 6−8 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl.
  2. Add beef and garlic to skillet. Cook, breaking up beef with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add oregano, cinnamon, pepper, and allspice and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  3. Return eggplant mixture to skillet. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Stir together ricotta, egg, and feta in small bowl. When eggplant is tender, remove skillet from heat. Stir in parsley. Spoon ricotta mixture over beef mixture and spread evenly (mixture will not completely cover top). Broil until topping is puffed and browned in spots, about 5 minutes.
  5. Per serving (1¼ cups)


To make a Greek salad, toss together chopped romaine, sliced cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced red bell pepper, red wine vinegar, a pinch of dried oregano, and salt and pepper.

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