Greek Baked Ziti

Well. My best friend is Greek. We’ve been friends since 1988, and I consider her my sister. Right now she is a strong little soldier, as she is battling cancer like no one else. So, in her honor I’m posting a Greek recipe today, knowing she would love this dish. Unfortunately I can’t feed her, she’s moved out of the city. But I’m going to cook this for her as soon as she’s up and running again. Join me!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 (15oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the ziti pasta according to the instructions on the package.

Sauté the onion in large skillet with olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain fat.

Stir in tomato sauce. Then add sugar, oregano, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir. Add 1 tsp salt. Stir and remove from heat.

Melt butter in a large sauce pan over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, constantly whisking. Add milk and continue to whisk until a thick and bubbly sauce is created. Add 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper and parmesan cheese. Add this sauce to the pasta.

Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Add the pasta with cheese sauce. Then layer the beef sauce on top.

Add all of the mozzarella cheese on top of the beef sauce layer. Top off with the breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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