Recipe: Macaroni Béchamel

Macaroni Béchamel is a baked pasta dish including ground beef and Béchamel sauce in its best-known form. It is typically made with penne pasta, a layer of cooked spiced meat with onions, and Béchamel or Mornay sauce.

Ingredients

• 1 packet of macaroni (500 grams) cooked and drained

Filling

• 1½ pounds of ground meat
• one large onion, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce (or tomato paste)
• 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• a pinch of cayenne pepper

Béchamel Sauce

• 3 cups of prepared milk
• 5 tablespoons butter
• 5 tablespoons flour
• 1 Chicken bouillon cube
• black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a large skillet cook the meat, onion and garlic until the meat is brown and the onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in the tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and 1/3 cup of water. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
2. For Béchamel Sauce, in a medium saucepan melt the margarine. Stir in the Chicken bouillon cube, black pepper, and flour. Add the prepared milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir one minute more.
3. Set aside 1/3 of the sauce. Mix the rest of the sauce with the cooked macaroni. Spread half of the macaroni mixture into a 9” x 13” baking pan. Spread the meat mixture over it evenly. Spread the rest of the macaroni mixture over the meat. Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with a little additional ground cinnamon.
4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Let sit for five minutes. Then serve.
 

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