ZENB Elbows Pasta Pastitsio Mac & Cheese


PREP TIME 5 minutes

COOK TIME 70 minutes

TOTAL TIME 1.25 hours

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 357g
Servings: 8

Calories: 540

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat27g35%
Saturated Fat14g70%
Trans Fat0.5g
Dietary Fiber6g21%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 4%
Vitamin D 2mcg 10%
Calcium 460mg 35%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 496mg 10%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


ZENB Pasta Variety

Mac and cheese is a go-to dish for many families during anytime of year. This ZENB Elbows Pasta recipe delivers on the rich flavor you expect from mac and cheese and features ground beef and a variety of seasonings to round out the dish. Make this your new go-to dish when you are looking for ways to enjoy your ZENB Pasta.


  • 12 ounces ZENB Yellow Pea Elbows Pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley



Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Drain.


Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onions; cook 4-6 minutes until translucent. Add ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cinnamon. Cook 6-8 minutes until beef is no longer pink. Stir in tomato sauce; simmer 15 minutes until slightly thickened.


Meanwhile, melt butter in large pot on medium heat. Add flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Whisk in milk; bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Add 2 cups cheddar cheese and remaining salt & pepper. Stir gently until cheese is completely melted. Add pasta; mix gently until well combined.


Spoon half the meat sauce into a 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Top with half the pasta mixture. Repeat with remaining meat sauce and pasta. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake 18-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Tasty Tips

Pastitsio is a traditional Greek dish made with a creamy pasta layered over a spiced lamb tomato sauce. For an authentic take on this recipe, substitute ground lamb for the ground beef.

Substitute reduced fat cheese in place of full fat cheese to save on fat and calories.

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