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- Servings: 6
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BackstoryI found this in a cookbook called "Light Cooking"
I love pastitsio but my grandfather's recipe is for such a huge amount and is really bad for you, so I love this because you get all the flavor of it but w/ less quantity and less fat.
of course it wasn't working well at first so i had to add a little more margarine - i put all my comments in [brackets]
- 8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni [I used fucilli spiral pasta]
- ½ cup cholesterol-free egg substitute
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¾ pound lean ground lamb, beef, or turkey [I used beef]
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
- ¾ teaspoon dried mint leaves [I left this out because I don't like mint]
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons reduced-calorie margarine [I used 2 tablespoons 2 tsp didn't seem like enough for 3 tbspns of flour]
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups skim milk
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- [recipe calls for a 9" square baking dish I didn't have one so i used two meatloaf-sized pans and it turned out OK]
- Per serving according to recipe book: [doesn't account for the extra margarine I used]
- calories = 280
- Fat = 5g
- Cholesterol = 31 mg
- Sodium = 366 mg
- Some steps can be done simultaneously to save time
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt.
- Drain and transfer to medium bowl; stir in egg substitute and nutmeg.
- 2. Lightly spray bottom of 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread pasta mixture on bottom of baking dish. Set aside.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350 deg.F.
- Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
- Stir in tomato sauce, mint, oregano, pepper, and cinnamon.
- Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes; spread over pasta.
- 4. Melt margarine in small nonstick saucepan. Add flour. [add the flour VERY SLOWLY, tiny bit at a time.] Stir constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in milk.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 6 minutes; spread over meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake 30-40 minutes or until set.