Friday, December 2, 2011

Quick Pastitsio



Whenever we go to my sister Lauren's house, I know I'm going to come home with new recipes, whether it's from her kitchen or from the stack of cooking magazines she has.  I found this recipe as I was flipping through Cooking Light and I knew we would like it.  It originally called for fat-free milk and fat-free cream cheese but, because I like to keep it real around here, I never buy fat-free.   Let's face it:  full-fat just tastes better!  Either way, the cream cheese makes the sauce extra creamy and good.

Quick Pastitsio
8 oz uncooked penne or rotini
1 lb ground sirloin
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
8 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

Cook beef until brown and crumbly.  Drain and set aside.

Add olive oil to a large saucepan.  Add onion and saute 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add garlic, saute 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add beef and add salt.  Add flour, cooking 1 minute stirring constantly.  Stir in milk, diced tomatoes, and cream cheese, stirring until smooth.  Bring to a simmer.  Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.  Pour mixture into a greased 9x13" baking dish.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over all.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes.

source:  recipe adapted from Cooking Light, October 2011

24 comments:

  1. This looks so good...have a great weekend!!

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  2. This looks amazing, great pictures! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. mmmm, creamy and delicious!! a perfect meal :)

    have a great weekend!

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  4. oh, this looks good! will have to try this... love new pasta recipes!

    have a great weekend! :)

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  5. Creamy pasta...one of my favorites. Bookmarking to make this one soon!

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  6. Holy moly, I just stuffed myself over lunch but I can still look at this picture and think YUM! I am a pastaholic so this is right up my alley!

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  7. This looks very delicious! Will have to pin it to my recipe board!

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  8. This looks sooooo good and I'm totally starving right now!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  9. paaaaaaastaaaaaaa. i love it. i also call coke that's not diet full fat coke. it's just better that way.

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  10. This looks incredible! Definitely to make later!

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  11. This sounds awesome! I need some new pasta recipes!

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  12. That pasta looks delicious!! I agree that full fat always tastes better!

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  13. How did I miss this one in that magazine? Looks so good, even at 8AM!

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  14. You are always up to something delish!

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  15. I have been adding cream cheese to my pasta dishes as of late and it is delish. This sounds like something I would love:)

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  16. I LOVE cooking light. This looks like an awesome recipe!

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  17. I agree with you. Full-fat and full-cream is the way to go. This is a great mid-week meal.

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  18. I agree with you - full-cream and full-fat is the way to go. This is a great mid-week meal.

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  19. Look at those pics!!! SO delicious.

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  20. I really want to try this recipe - it sounds delicious!! The pics make it look so good...:D

    ~Rachel <3
    www.ramblingsbyrachel.blogspot.com

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