Greek Baked Ziti

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Inspired by the Greek classic comfort dish - Pastitsio.

Recipe from Southern Living.

Rating:
★★★★★ 6 votes
Comments:
Serves:
6-8
Prep:
50 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

12 oz
ziti pasta
1 small
yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp
olive oil
2
garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 lb
lean ground beef
2
15-oz. cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
sugar
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp
kosher salt, divided
3 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
3 c
milk
1 c
grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
vegetable spray
8 oz
package shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 c
fine dry breadcrumbs

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in a dutch oven according to package instructions.
2Meanwhile, saute onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; saute 30 seconds. Add beef; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain mixture, and return to skillet.
3Stir tomato sauce, next 4 ingredients, and 1 tsp. salt into meat mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
4Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in parmesan cheese, pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp salt. Add sauce to pasta, stirring to coat.
5Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture, mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs.
6Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Greek