Greek Pasta, Beef and Cheese

Enjoy this delicious dinner made using ziti pasta, ground beef, veggies and cheese that’s cut into wedges before serving.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 6

Ingredients

8
oz. (2 1/2 cups) uncooked ziti (long tubular pasta)
1
lb. lean ground beef
1/2
cup chopped onion
1
(14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1
(8-oz.) can tomato sauce
3/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon
3
tablespoons margarine or butter
3
tablespoons all purpose flour
2
cups half-and-half
1
egg
6
oz. (1 1/2 cups) shredded fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese
Dash nutmeg
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 12x8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook ziti to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until ground beef is thoroughly cooked and onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt and cinnamon; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and thoroughly heated.
  • 3 Meanwhile, melt margarine in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually add half-and-half, stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Beat egg in medium bowl. Slowly add about half of flour mixture, stirring constantly. Return egg and flour mixture to saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of the cheese; stir to blend well.
  • 5 Add cooked ziti to beef mixture in skillet; mix well. Layer half of ziti mixture in sprayed baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Top with remaining ziti mixture. Spoon white sauce over ziti mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  • 6 Bake at 325°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges, center is set and cheese is browned. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut into squares.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    610
    (
    Calories from Fat
    310),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    34g
    34%
    (Saturated Fat
    16g,
    16%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    130mg
    130%;
    Sodium
    1200mg
    1200%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    43g
    43%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    8g
    8%
    ),
    Protein
    33g
    33%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    30%;
    Vitamin C
    20%;
    Calcium
    45%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    2 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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