Pastitsio

Pastitsio
Servings: 8 Prep 35 mins Bake 350°F 55 mins Cook 31 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 pound ziti
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. In a large, straight-sided skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add lamb and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until meat is browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Add wine; bring to a simmer and cook 3 minutes, scraping brown bits off the bottom of the skillet. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of the salt. Bring to a simmer and cook 6 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Stir in mint and oregano; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, cook ziti 2 minutes less than package directions in lightly salted boiling water. Drain and stir into meat sauce.

4. Heat remaining 3 tbsp oil in a medium pot set over medium heat. Add flour; whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in milk; bring to a simmer and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until thickened. Stir in cheese and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Remove from heat, cool 1 minute and slowly whisk in eggs.

To assemble:

5. Transfer meat and noodle mixture to a 13 x 9 x 2-inch oven-safe baking dish. Press noodles with the back of a spatula to make a flat layer. Pour cheese-egg mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top layer is set.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 582, Fat, total (g): 25, chol. (mg): 104, sat. fat (g): 9, carb. (g): 56, fiber (g): 4, pro. (g): 27, sodium (mg): 820, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.