Pastitsio - Vegetarian

Amount

  Measure

  Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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  Pasta

8

  ounces

 cooked elbow macaroni -- drained

3

  tablespoons

  unsalted butter -- melted

1/3

  cup

  grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1/3

  cup

  2% low-fat milk

1

  whole

  egg -- beaten

1/2

  teaspoon

  salt

  Meat Sauce

1

  pound

  Morning Star Crumbles

1

  small

  onion -- minced

1

  large

  clove garlic -- minced

6

  ounces

  no salt added tomato paste

1/4

  cup

  red wine

1/2

  teaspoon

  ground cinnamon

1/4

  teaspoon

  ground nutmeg

1/8

  teaspoon

  freshly ground black pepper

  White Sauce

2

  cups

  Basic White Sauce -- see recipe

1/3

  cup

  grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350F.

Add butter, milk, 1/3 cup Parmesan, egg, and salt to macaroni. Set aside.

In large skillet brown crumbles and onion until no onion softens. Drain excess fat.

Add garlic and tomato paste and cook for one minute.

Add wine, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Add Parmesan to white sauce.

In a 2 quart casserole layer 1/2 the pasta. Top with all of the meat. Layer rest of pasta. Pour white sauce over top.

Baked uncovered for 40 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 434 Calories; 22g Fat (46.3% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 85mg Cholesterol; 856mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat.

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