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Pastitsio

Yield 8 servings
Bucatini are long, hollow strands or pasta, slightly thicker than spaghetti. Freeze and reheat individual squares of this dish in the microwave.

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 1 pound uncooked bucatini pasta or spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • White sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 5 tablespoons shredded kasseri or aged white cheddar cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 416
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 8.9 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 27 g
  • carbohydrate 54 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • cholesterol 97 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 790 mg
  • calcium 207 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare filling, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Rinse with cold water; set aside.

  2. Cook beef, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Add wine, tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until thick.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. To prepare white sauce, place flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; set aside. Combine eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in 1 tablespoon kasseri cheese until blended.

  5. Spread 1 cup beef mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of pasta over beef mixture. Top with 1 1/2 cups beef mixture. Repeat layers with remaining pasta and beef mixture. Top with white sauce. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons kasseri and Romano cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.