Quick Pastitsio

Photo: John Autry
This easy beef-and-pasta dish features a creamy sauce that's sure to satisfy.  Use any short pasta--ziti or rotini also work.

Yield:

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 17 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 431
Fat 15.9 g
Satfat 6.9 g
Monofat 6.1 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 27.8 g
Carbohydrate 41.9 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Iron 2.4 mg
Sodium 679 mg
Calcium 289 mg

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
Cooking spray
1 pound ground sirloin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
5 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 (3-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef from pan; drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beef; sprinkle with salt. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in milk, tomatoes, and cream cheeses, stirring until smooth; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.

4. Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9-inch broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top. Broil 4 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with parsley.

Note:

Julianna Grimes,

October 2011