Greek Pasta Torte

A subtle touch of cinnamon adds intriguing flavor to a simple pasta and ground beef casserole.

  • prep time 55 min
  • total time 1 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 8

Ingredients

12
oz. (4 cups) uncooked ziti (long tubular pasta)
1
lb. lean ground beef
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cups tomato pasta sauce
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon
3
cups milk
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
3
eggs
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup Progresso™ Plain Bread Crumbs
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish and 16x12-inch sheet of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 2 Cook ziti in Dutch oven or large saucepan as directed on package. Drain in colander. Cover to keep warm; set aside.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. In same Dutch oven, combine 1 cup of the milk, flour, salt and pepper; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • 5 Beat eggs in medium bowl with wire whisk. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture, stirring constantly. Stir egg mixture back into mixture in dutch oven. Add cheese; mix well. Add cooked ziti; toss gently to coat evenly.
  • 6 Place half of ziti mixture in sprayed baking dish. Spoon beef mixture evenly over ziti mixture. Top with remaining ziti mixture. Cover tightly with sprayed foil.
  • 7 Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix bread crumbs and butter.
  • 8 Remove foil; sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe
    Calories
    490
    (
    Calories from Fat
    160),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    18g
    18%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    125mg
    125%;
    Sodium
    630mg
    630%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    56g
    56%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    12g
    12%
    ),
    Protein
    26g
    26%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    16%;
    Vitamin C
    8%;
    Calcium
    24%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    3 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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