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Mediterranean Pasta Torte

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Mediterranean Pasta Torte
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 14
  • Servings 6
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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.
Updated Apr 29, 2010

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

Steps

  • 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

390 Calories, 9g Total Fat, 17g Protein, 61g Total Carbohydrate, 11g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
390
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
740mg
31%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
11g
Protein
17g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
20%
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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