Easy Beef Pastitsio

Easy Beef PastitsioWe all love baked pasta. Jazz things up with our recipe below. A perfect meal for all the family including the little ones. For casserole trays take a look at the several options available at Arkadia Home.

Serves 4
Prepare 20 mins
Cook 25 –30 mins

Ingredients

400g Beef Lean Mince
400g Can Waitrose Chopped Tomatoes with Basil
250g Penne
25g Butter
25g essential Waitrose Plain White Flour
300ml Semi Skimmed Milk
1 Egg, lightly beaten
50g Parmesan, grated

Method
Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Heat a saucepan over a medium heat and add the mince. Fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring to break up the meat, until browned. Pour in the tomato and garlic pasta sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2–3 minutes, then set aside.

Cook the penne in a pan of boiling salted water for 10–12 minutes, until al dente. Drain well and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and gradually add the milk, stirring well to remove any lumps. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2 minutes, then season and set aside.

Spread half of the pasta in the bottom of a deep, 2-litre baking dish. Spoon over the meat sauce, then top with the remaining pasta. Mix the egg into the white sauce and pour over the pasta. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for 25 –30 minutes. Serve with a crisp green salad.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Waitrose.

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