Mediterranean Pasta Torte

A trace of cinnamon complements the tomato sauce in an almost imperceptible way, deepening the flavor without overpowering it. Chunky with vegetables, this casserole is a good choice for supper with friends. It's economical and requires no last-minute fussing.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 14
  • servings 6

Ingredients

12
oz. (3 cups) uncooked ziti (long tubular pasta)
2 1/2
cups cubed (1/2-inch) peeled eggplant (8 oz.)
1
medium onion, chopped
1
(15-oz.) can chunky tomato sauce with onions, celery and green bell peppers, undrained
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
2
cups milk
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
2
eggs
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
3
tablespoons unseasoned dry bread crumbs
2
teaspoons margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8-inch (2-quart) baking dish and 14x12-inch sheet of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 2 In Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook ziti to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; return to Dutch oven. Cover to keep warm.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine eggplant, onion, tomato sauce, cinnamon and oregano; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until onion and eggplant are crisp-tender, stirring frequently.
  • 4 In another medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of the milk, flour, salt and pepper; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • 5 In medium bowl, beat eggs; gradually add half of the hot milk mixture to beaten eggs, stirring constantly. Stir egg mixture back into mixture in saucepan. Add cheese; mix well. Add to cooked ziti; toss gently to coat evenly.
  • 6 Place half of ziti mixture in sprayed dish. Spoon tomato sauce over ziti. Top with remaining ziti mixture. Cover tightly with sprayed foil.
  • 7 Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 45 minutes or until casserole is bubbly. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and melted margarine; mix well. Sprinkle over top; bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 serving
    Calories
    390
    (
    Calories from Fat
    80),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    9g
    9%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    85mg
    85%;
    Sodium
    740mg
    740%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    61g
    61%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    11g
    11%
    ),
    Protein
    17g
    17%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    15%;
    Calcium
    25%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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