Greek Baked Ziti

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@DailyInspiration

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

How to Make Greek Baked Ziti

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in a dutch oven according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, 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.
  3. Stir 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.
  4. Melt 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.
  5. Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture, mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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About Greek Baked Ziti

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




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