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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
  Makes 6 main-dish servings
The white sauce firms up into a creamy, delicious layer, and the cinnamon adds an exotic flavor to this traditional Greek dish.
For the Meat Sauce:
1 pound ripe plum tomatoes or one 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 pound lean ground chicken, turkey, or beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)

For the Pasta:
8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 cups)
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

For the White Sauce:
3 tablespoons margarine or butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Ground cinnamon (optional)
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Peel, seed, and chop fresh plum tomatoes, if using. In a large skillet cook ground chicken, turkey, or beef, onion, and garlic for 5 minutes, or till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in fresh or undrained canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, vinegar, chili powder, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and, if desired, red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

FOR PASTA: In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain again.

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and hot cooked macaroni. Set aside.

FOR WHITE SAUCE: In a medium saucepan melt margarine or butter. Stir in flour and pepper. Add the milk all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Stir about half of the mixture into 1 beaten egg. Return egg mixture to the saucepan. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

TO ASSEMBLE: Layer half of the pasta mixture in a greased 2 quart square baking dish. Top with all of the meat sauce, the remaining pasta mixture, and all of the white sauce. If desired, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or till set. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 6 main-dish servings
Calories: 446
Fat. Total: 19g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 42g
Sodium: 633mg
% Cal. from Fat: 38%
Cholesterol: 157mg
Protein: 28g
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Rating: 1
by: jane Reviewed: 04/27/2010
What is the meat in the meat sauce?
I re-read the recipe three times but don't see any meat mentioned. Seems like part of the recipe is missing.
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