Pastitsio I Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 pound lean ground beef
<br>- 1 onion, chopped
<br>- 3/4 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1 pinch ground black pepper
<br>- 4 ounces tomato sauce
<br>- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
<br>- 3 1/2 cups macaroni
<br>- 1/4 cup butter
<br>- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
<br>- 3 1/2 cups milk
<br>- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
<br>- 1/4 teaspoon salt
<br>- 3 eggs
<br>- 6 thick slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
<br>- 1/4 cup melted butter
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion, until meat is brown.  Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, tomato sauce and cinnamon and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.  Set aside.
<br>step 2: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.  Set aside.
<br>step 3: In a medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat.  Dump in flour, all at once, and stir until a smooth roux is formed.  Pour in 2 1/2 cups milk, a little at a time, stirring until smooth.  Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and 1/4 cup Parmesan; bring to a boil, and stir until thickened.  Remove from heat.
<br>step 4: In a small bowl, beat together eggs and 1 cup milk.  Set aside.
<br>step 5: Preheat oven to 375  degrees F (190 degrees C).  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.  Place half the cooked macaroni in the baking dish and top with all of the beef mixture.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated Parmesan over the meat.  Place the remaining macaroni over the cheese.  Pour the egg mixture over the macaroni.  Cover all with the white sauce.
<br>step 6: In a medium bowl, stir together bread cubes and melted butter, until bread is well coated.  Place bread cubes evenly over macaroni.
<br>step 7: Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
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Ingredients
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 4 ounces tomato sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 1/2 cups macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 6 thick slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup melted butter

Directions
step 1: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion, until meat is brown. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, tomato sauce and cinnamon and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Set aside.
step 2: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Set aside.
step 3: In a medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Dump in flour, all at once, and stir until a smooth roux is formed. Pour in 2 1/2 cups milk, a little at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and 1/4 cup Parmesan; bring to a boil, and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.
step 4: In a small bowl, beat together eggs and 1 cup milk. Set aside.
step 5: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place half the cooked macaroni in the baking dish and top with all of the beef mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated Parmesan over the meat. Place the remaining macaroni over the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the macaroni. Cover all with the white sauce.
step 6: In a medium bowl, stir together bread cubes and melted butter, until bread is well coated. Place bread cubes evenly over macaroni.
step 7: Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.

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