Make-Ahead Pastitsio

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Freeze: Up to 3 months
  • Stand: Thaw overnight

Make-Ahead Pastitsio

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water until cool; drain again. In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, Ground Beef Base, Tomato Base, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fennel seeds. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Divide mixture among eight 8-ounce ramekins or individual casseroles, or spread in one 2-quart square baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl combine egg, Alfredo sauce, and the remaining 1 cup cheese. Spread sauce mixture over pasta mixture. If using ramekins, place in a baking pan and freeze until firm. Cover casserole(s) with plastic wrap, then with foil. Place in a resealable freezer bag or a freezer container. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight (casserole[s] may still be a bit icy).
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove foil and plastic wrap. If using ramekins, place on a baking sheet. Bake ramekins about 45 minutes, baking dish about 1 1/4 hours, or until heated through. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Tomato Base

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until garlic is golden. Carefully add tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 for 40 minutes or until slightly thickened and reduced by about one-third, stirring occasionally. (You should have about 5 1/2 cups.)

Nutrition Facts (Tomato Base)

  • Per serving:
  • 36 kcal ,
  • 1 g fat
  • ( 0 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 323 mg sodium ,
  • 5 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 1 g pro.

Ground Beef Base

Directions

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook ground beef, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Stir in salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (Ground Beef Base)

  • Per serving:
  • 202 kcal ,
  • 13 g fat
  • ( 5 g sat. fat ,
  • 63 mg chol. ,
  • 193 mg sodium ,
  • 2 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 18 g pro.
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Nutrition Facts (Make-Ahead Pastitsio)

  • Per serving:
  • 388 kcal ,
  • 23 g fat
  • (12 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 122 mg chol. ,
  • 922 mg sodium ,
  • 24 g carb. ,
  • 2 g fiber ,
  • 4 g sugar ,
  • 19 g pro.
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14 Ratings
91 Days Ago
1.0
this is not even close to pastichio. not sure what it is. and we NEVER freeze before baking.
155 Days Ago
What other recipes can the beef and tomato bases be used for? It makes no sense to put the remainder in the freezer where it gets forgotten!
936 Days Ago
Personally, I want to know why I have to have 5 pages for this recipe!?!
Mary Homola 1209 Days Ago
I have the same question Jean Hickey!

We need the ground beef base and the tomato base.
Jean Hickey 1298 Days Ago
Where are the recipes for the ground beef base and the tomato base?

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