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Quick Pastitsio


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Penne pasta, ground beef, creamy tomato sauce and browned melted cheese. So quick and easy and yummy too. (I'm posting a slightly altered version from the one in Cooking Light.)

Quick Pastitsio

8 ounces uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
7 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat broiler.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; saute 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; saute 4 minutes. Add garlic; saute 1 minute stirring constantly. Add beef; sprinkle with salt. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. In a medium bowl mix cream cheese with milk until smooth. Add milk mixture and tomatoes to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.

Spoon mixture into a 9x13 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top. Broil 4 minutes or until golden.


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