Photo: John Autry
Hands-on Time
17 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

671mama's Review

January 14, 2014
I made this tonight and made a little more noodles than it called for and used 6 large clovesof garlic as my family loves garlic. I used 2% milk and sliced parmesean cheese on top (purely by mistake!) However, everyone liked it and I will definitely make it again! And may try it with chicken!

lmaddi's Review

September 26, 2013
My family loved it but I did make some changes b/c I prefer eating chicken over beef . I only followed the recipe for the measurements but with these changes: - Brown chicken breast in a pan with oil, S&P & parsley, cut them into bite size pieces - Add onion, garlic – stirred until onions are brown - Added flour (tossed until it covered everything), milk, cream cheese, tomatoes - Stirred and let simmer while I made the pasta -Once I drained the pasta I added the chicken mixture and pasta in a pot and added the mozzarella My 6 yr old loved it and my picky husband had 2 servings.

deannapage's Review

August 28, 2014
We loved it, but then I rarely make a recipe exactly as written. I used tomatoes with chilies and didn't drain. I had half and half on hand so used that but only about a cup or less. I only had a 3 oz package of cream cheese on hand so used that and omitted the mozzarella.

Jsakas's Review

December 15, 2013
I will def. use maybe 1 cup of milk next time. The overabundance of liquid made it a murky gray color... Def. use the nutmeg/cinnamon mixture as previously noted. It is edible right now but I will change it up next time.

EvilxBunneh's Review

December 09, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly when I made it and was a little disappointed with the results. It doesn't come out looking like the photo (but what recipe ever does, I guess) and was terribly bland. I might make this recipe again, but with some tweaks. It could have definitely used more Italian-flavored spices. I wouldn't recommend that anyone follow the recipe to a T.

kpet13's Review

March 29, 2013

Janet1961's Review

March 05, 2013
This was a disappointing waste of ingredients. It was a soupy mess that did not taste remotely like Pastitsio and absolutely did not look like the picture.

lindsaygage's Review

March 02, 2013
I was really bummed out by the lack of flavor in this recipe. I added some allspice and cinnamon to liven things up, but the end result was still bland!

KariB2011's Review

February 21, 2013
I wasn't a big fan. Very bland.

hrascona's Review

February 18, 2013
My husband and I thought this recipe was delicious. It is the perfect warm, hearty comfort food that you'd want on a cold day, and we were so happy to have leftovers to take to work! We did make a few changes/see a few problems with the recipe, which I will note here: Problems: 1. We needed more flour. Closer to 2 1/2 tbsp. 2. We used almost 12 ounces of pasta, not 8. I think, had we only used 8, there would have been a lot of additional sauce. Changes: 1. We used 95% lean ground beef 2. We added 3/4 tsp. of nutmeg, at the same time we added the milk, tomatoes, etc. 3. We added 4 c of spinach and 1 c. diced green bell peppers, which we added at the same time as the milk, tomatoes, etc., just to get some extra veggies in there 4. We added 1/3 c. parmesan cheese after the milk/tomato/spinach/pepper mixture had cooked for a few minutes and the spinach was cooked down