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Greek Ground Beef and Macaroni Casserole
I adapted this from the book “Affordable Elegant Meals” by CA Culinary Academy, Copyright July 1985. I increased the amount of tomato sauce called for, increased the cinnamon by double and left out the cloves and allspice. You can certainly add them back if you like, but mine I think gives a nice spicy flavor along with the onion and garlic.
I also elminated the white sauce that would have gone on top, which to me, looked like a whole lot of butter, eggs and milk that the dish simply didn't need!
This is a healthier, faster and easier dish to prepare. This is so easy, that I would call it a KID FRIENDLY DISH.
In Greece, this attractive casserole is known as Pastistio. Its ingredients are macaroni, and exotically spiced ground beef sauce with a creamy béchamel topping.
Unlike the garlic, olive oil and onion and herbs that typically go into the Italian sauces I grew up with, this in Greece the tomato sauces use a hint of cinnamon as in this here, giving it the sauce a completely different flavor. This makes enough to feed 8 more moderate servings. You can make this dish up ahead and freeze it and it then serve with some more sauce.
2 pounds ground beef, crumbled
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
One 28 ounce can Muir Glen organic tomato sauce
16 ounces elbow macaroni (dry macaroni weighed on a scale)
1-1/4 cups shredded Parmesan chees
In a large, heavy frying pan or Dutch oven, brown ground beef in its own drippings, stirring frequently. Pour off most of the drippings. Mix in onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Mix in garlic, salt, cinnamon, tomato sauce, and 1-1/4 cups Parmesan or Kefelatori cheese. Bring to boil and simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
While the meat sauce is simmering cook the macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain in a large colander and spread in a very large 13 x 9 inch deep lasagna pan, or other equivalent pan.
(I use my Rachel Ray Lasagna Pan and love the thing-and use it for a variety of dishes.)
Serves 10 or more, depending on how big the servings are. This is great for a party or a large buffet, or you can make it ahead and have it for lunches through the week as I am going to do.
Most importantly, enjoy it and think of Miss Polly Motzko & tell others about "Cooking Up A Storm All Over The World!"