Greek Macaroni & Hamburger Casserole (Makaronia Phournista)

Recipe by littleturtle
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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Put water, salt, olive oil and in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add macaroni, cook until well done (9-10 minutes), and drain.
  • Melt butter in sauce pan, add tomato paste, stir and mix well.
  • Add sugar, salt, cinnamon, oregano, orange rind, orange juice, bay leaves, and cloves, and stir well.
  • Continue stirring while slowly adding warm water.
  • Cover and simmer until only 2/3 of the liquid remains.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper, and sauté in olive oil until meat is dry, breaking up meat while browning, so it will not be lumpy when done (8-10 minutes).
  • Add onions and garlic and continue to sauté until onion is yellow (3-5 minutes).
  • Pour wine over this mixture, stir well, cover tightly, and set aside.
  • When only 2/3 of the liquid remains in the tomato sauce, add the ground beef mixture.
  • Continue to simmer covered until sauce is thickened.
  • Keep hot.
  • Put layers in a baking pan in the following order: (1) macaroni (2) meat sauce (3) kephalotiri cheese.
  • Keep layering until everything is used up, with the last layer being the meat/tomato sauce.
  • Cover the top layer with a single layer of kaseri cheese.
  • Bake until the Kasseri is melted (2-3 minutes).
  • Serve hot.
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