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Greek Lasagna

  • Category: Beef, Main Dish, Poultry
  • Submitted By: Marryann Curmi
  • Town/State: Sonora, CA
  • Serving Size: 8 – 10
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Cooking time: 1 hour

A delicious, different lasagna!

Meat sauce:

Amount Measure Ingredients
1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion — finely chopped
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup bulgur (optional)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Cream sauce:

Amount Measure Ingredients
2 cups cottage cheese, 1% fat
1 1/2 cups evaporated skim milk (12 oz can)
1 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup Parmesan, Asiago (grated)
    salt and pepper to taste

Pasta:

Amount Measure Ingredients
1 lb elbow macaroni or ziti
6 Tbsp Parmesan, Asiago (grated)
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp parsley — chopped

To prepare:

Meat sauce:

Heat oil over med heat; add onions & saute until soft, about 5 mins. Add ground meat & cook, breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 5 mins. Drain off fat. Add 1 c water, wine, tom paste, bulgur, spices, S&P. Simmer, covered, on low, stirring occasionally, until bulgur is tender, (about 20 mins.)

Cream sauce:

Puree cot cheese in food processor until smooth; set aside. In med saucepan, combine evap milk & 1/4c of the stock. Heat over med. heat until scalding. In a small bowl, stir together flour & remaining cold stock. Stir into hot milk mix & cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, (about 2 mins.) Remove from heat & whisk in pureed cottage cheese & grated cheese. Season w/ S&P. (To prevent skin from forming, place plastic wrap or wax paper directly on surface; set aside).

Pasta:

Cook al dente 8-10 mins. Drain & return to pot; toss w/ 1/4 c. cheese, oil & salt. Assembly: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Spread 1/2 of pasta on bottom. Top w/ 1/3 cream sauce. Spoon on all of meat sauce, spreading evenly. Add another 1/3 cream sauce.. Top w/ remaining pasta & remaining cream sauce. Sprinkle w/ remaining 2T grated cheese. Bake 40-50 mins until golden & bubbling. Sprinkle w/ parsley & serve