Recipe by yooper
Mac and cheese goes international with this Greek inspired dish. To make it even more authentic, you could substitute ground lamb for the beef.
Top Review by canarygirl
What a nice change of pace! The recipe was very easy to follow, and the dish easy to prepare (though it did make alot of dishes! ;) )I loved the flavors that the cinnamon and nutmeg gave the dish. I did add stock instead of water, as well as 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, as well as upped the garlic to 3 cloves and added about a teaspoon of oregano. My family and I really enjoyed this, and I will be making it again for sure! Thanks for a great recipe!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
- 1 egg, sligtly beaten
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- In a skillet, cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in tomato sauce, water and seasonings.
- Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionaly.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine macaroni, egg and Parmesan cheese; set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour and cinnamon until smooth.
- Gradually add milk.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
- Stir a snall amount of hot mixture into eggs; return all to pan.
- Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat; stir in cheese.
- In a greased 3-qt baking dish, spread half of the macaroni mixture.
- Top with beef mixture and remaining macaroni mixture.
- Pour sauce over the top.
- Bake, uncovered at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.
- Let stand 5 minutes before serving.