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Total Time
1hr
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Prepare macaroni according to directions.
  2. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  3. Stir flour into melted butter in a heavy saucepan.
  4. Gradually stir in milk and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cover & cool the white sauce. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large fry pan.
  6. Pour off drippings.
  7. Sprinkle salt, pepper, cinnamon, and oregano over beef.
  8. Stir in tomato puree and cook slowly for 10 minutes.
  9. Beat together egg, and 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese. Gently stir in macaroni.
  10. Gradually stir in 2 cups of the white sauce into the macaroni mixture. Place 1/2 macaroni mixture into a buttered 11-3/4 x 7-1/2 inch baking dish.
  11. Spoon beef mixture in an even layer over macaroni.
  12. Place remaining macaroni mixture over the beef.
  13. Pour remaining white sauce over the top.
  14. Bake in moderate 375* degree oven for 20 minutes.
  15. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and continue baking 20-25 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  16. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
  17. **Can be doubled** From: Nancy and wwrecipes.com
Most Helpful

I didn't find that this tasted anything like the type served in a Greek diner. It was lacking in flavor.

5 5

We used ground turkey. My greek-heritage daughter-in-law exclaimed that this was VERY TASTY and went for 2nds!!! Not quite like her Ya-Ya's, but Oh-So-Close!!!! Thanks for posting, Tonkcats!!

4 5

I used ground lamb in this instead of beef because I had bought some at the store to try since I've never tried lamb. Plus I figured it would make it more authentic. I also found that I didn't have all the ingredients, so I had to ad lib a little like using angel hair spaghetti instead of elbow macaroni. It turned out pretty good, but next time I think I will use beef instead of lamb which I think is probably an acquired taste. I'm not much on deer or elk meat either, I like my beef. I plan to make this again, I think it will be a keeper with beef in it.