Pastitso (Macaroni and Meat)

Recipe by LifeIsGood
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Brown onion in the butter then add the meat. Keep stirring until the meat is browned.
  • Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, tomato paste and water. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the water is absorbed.
  • Remove from the heat and allow this to cool.
  • Beat 1 egg very well and add it to the meat mixture.
  • Macaroni:.
  • Cook the macaroni as per the package directions. Then rinse under hot water, drain and put into a large bowl.
  • Toss the macaroni with the 3 beaten eggs and the 1 3/4°C grated Romano cheese.
  • White Sauce:.
  • Melt the butter and add the flour, mix well. This should be done on med-low heat, so you don't burn the butter.
  • Gradually add the cold milk, stirring well. Cook this until it's thick, stirring often. Be patient, it needs to thicken up! Remove from heat.
  • After about 5 minutes, while sauce is cooling, beat the 5 egg yolks very well and blend into the sauce. Add the cheese and mix.
  • Butter a 10" x 14" pan. Put 1/2 of macaroni mix in pan. put meat mixture over the macaroni, spreading evenly. Put the rest of the macaroni mixture on top, also spreading evenly.
  • Put white sauce all over the top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 45 minutes or until golden brown (you might need to tent it with alum. foil towards the end of cooking).
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