Monday, June 25, 2012

Lighten-Up cheesy Pastitsio

This recipe made enough for two good-size meals. Jud liked it better than me.  At least I have one in the freezer for another time.  I love when that happens.  This recipe comes from Eat Yourself Skinny - blog

Printable Recipe:

8 oz. uncooked penne or rotini pasta
Cooking spray
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
1/2 tablespoon olive oil- I didn't use this because I cooked my onions and garlic with the meat.
1 medium onion
5 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups fat-free milk
1 (14.5oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
6 oz fat-free cream cheese
3/4 cup (3oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat broiler.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat and drain. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan and saute for about 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef from pan and drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels and add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to pan. Swirl to coat then add onions. Saute for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beef; sprinkle with salt. Stir in milk, tomatoes, and cream cheese, stirring until smooth; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.
Spoon pasta mixture into a 13" X 9" broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top. Broil 4 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

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