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    Enlightened Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Comfort Casserole)

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    1 hr 30 mins

    50 mins

    40 mins

    Tinat51796's Note:

    I found this recipe on a cooking blog called Enlightened Cooking. She credits Everyday Food for the recipe but then she made changes to lighten it. I'm saving the recipe here so I don't lose it. If you try it before I do please let me know what you think. I'm totally guessing on the cooking time.

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    Enlightened Filling

    Lighter Parmesan Bechamel


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water for 3 minutes fewer than specified on box (~8 minutes). Drain; set aside.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, over medium heat, cook ground beef, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink. Add onions; cook and stir 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a colander; drain fat, and discard. Return beef to pan; add wine. Cook over medium heat until almost all liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Stir in marinara sauce, cinnamon, oregano, salt, and 2 cups water; simmer 15 minutes , stirring occasionally, until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      To prepare topping, place milk in a 4-cup glass measure. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes or until hot, stirring after 2 minutes. Melt butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, stirring with a whisk, and cook 1 minute or until bubbly, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a simmer; cook over low heat 8 minutes or until sauce slightly thickens, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in Parmesan.
    5. 5
      Add pasta to beef mixture; transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Pour sauce over the top, smoothing with the back of a spoon until level. Bake until browned in spots, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes before serving. Makes 10 generous servings.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 14, 2010

      Very good, I had 2lbs of ground lamb that needed used and decided on this recipe. I doubled the meat and sauce portion and froze half for a later use. For the marinara I used a standard sized can of diced tomatoes (14 oz) mixed with a can of tomato paste (not the smallest size, but next size up...just over a cup) (remember I made this part doubled) and upped my oregano, salt, and pepper a bit.

      Spice-wise, I felt it could use a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg, but otherwise was very good. Aside from the ingredient changes, I followed the directions to the letter and had a wonderful casserole that made my house smell wonderful. It served my husband and our four girls with enough leftovers for four more servings.

      I won't star this since I changed a couple things, but would probably give it 4.5 if I could :)

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    • on March 15, 2009


      Great recipe. A nice change for comfort food. I subbed a small can of tomato paste for the marinara. Also, I used ground turkey and where it called to add 2 C of water I subbed 2 C of beef broth to beef up the ground turkey. I will make this one again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Enlightened Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Comfort Casserole)

    Serving Size: 1 (286 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 541.3
    Calories from Fat 160
    Total Fat 17.8 g
    Saturated Fat 7.8 g
    Cholesterol 88.6 mg
    Sodium 660.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 57.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 9.7 g
    Protein 36.7 g

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