ZENB Elbows Pasta Pastitsio Mac & Cheese
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 70 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1.25 hours
Serving Size: 357g
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ZENB Elbows Pasta
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.
- 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Elbows Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas, 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.2.
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.3.
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.4.
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.
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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