Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Greek Baked Ziti

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 12

    ounces ziti pasta

  • 1

    small yellow onion, chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2

    pounds lean ground beef

  • 2

    (15-oz.) cans tomato sauce

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1

    teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3

    cups milk

  • 1

    cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Vegetable cooking spray

  • 1

    (8-oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/3

    cup fine, dry breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta in a Dutch oven according to package directions. Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot oil in large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add beef; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain mixture, and return to skillet. Stir tomato sauce, next 4 ingredients, and 1 tsp. salt into meat mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese, pepper, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Add sauce to pasta, stirring to coat. Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture, mozzarella cheese, and breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. MAKE IT AHEAD Fix and freeze this dish (unbaked) for a hands-off dinner. Let it stand 30 minutes before baking, and add 15 to 20 minutes in the oven.

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