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Quick Pastitsio

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

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
  • Hands-on: 17 Minutes
  • Total: 40 Minutes

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 431
  • Fat: 15.9g
  • Saturated fat: 6.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 27.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 41.9g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 679mg
  • Calcium: 289mg
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