Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Easy Pasticcio (Greek Pasta Dish)


1 pound penne, mostaccioli, or ziti
2 cups finely grated Parmesan
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef
28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, with juices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil, over medium-high heat, and cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done, drain, and run under cold water to cease the cooking.

For the sauce: Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the
butter foams, add the onion and garlic and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the meat and break it up with a spoon. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cinnamon and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes more, then remove from the heat.

Butter a 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish. Spread half of the pasta evenly in the bottom of lightly buttered glass baking dish. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the top, add all the meat sauce, the remaining pasta, and the remaining cheese.

In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the eggs until evenly combined. Slowly pour it over the entire dish; (the liquid should completely cover the noodles). Cover and bake until bubbly, about 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbling and browned, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Morgan Elizabeth

Hard to believe my baby girl is 10 years old already! Wow how time flies. 
Happy Birthday Baby Bear.  Mom loves you!!

Quick and Easy, but way good homemade Hamburger Helper!

1 pound of ground beef
1 carton of sliced mushrooms (fresh)
2 Tbsp of olive oil
8 ounces of cream cheese
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup of milk
12 ounces of wide egg noodles
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Boil noodles according to package directions.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes or until brown.  Remove from skillet.  Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.  Drain meat and return to pan.  Return mushrooms to pan as well.

Mix sour cream, salad dressing mix and milk in a bowl until smooth.  Add to meat mixture. Add cooked noodles to meat mixture.  Mix together.  Mix in parmesan cheese until cheese is melted and serve. 

Really good with a nice green salad and some crusty bread. 

Tastes like Hamburger Helper but much better!