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Layered Greek casserole, similar to lasagna.
For the meat sauce: Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Then add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add the ground beef and brown, breaking up lumps as you go. When meat is browned, add wine, tomatoes, tomato paste, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, bay leaves, broth, salt and pepper and simmer 30-40 minutes. Then remove cinnamon stick and bay leaves.
For the pasta: Cook pasta in boiling salted water, taking 3 minutes off the recommended cooking time that the package states. When done drain off the water and allow pasta to cool slightly. Then stir in eggs and half of the Parmesan cheese. Stir in 1 cup of the white sauce at assembly time.
For the white sauce: Melt butter over medium heat in a large pan. Whisk in flour, stirring about 1 minute until all lumps are gone, then slowly whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
For the assembly:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the breadcrumbs and remaining Parmesan in a bowl. Set aside.
Mentally divide the pasta into three portions, and the meat sauce into 2 portions. Into a large lasagna pan layer as follows: 1/3 of the pasta, 1/2 of the meat sauce, 1/3 of the pasta, the rest of the meat sauce, the rest of the pasta, the white sauce, and the breadcrumbs/Parmesan.
Bake at 350 F for 30-45 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Then remove it from the onen. Let it rest 15 minutes, then serve.
Adapted from Chicho’s Kitchen.
Now, I am not a casserole kinda gal, but when confronted with a plethora of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I will bow to the gods of one-dish meals. I did some research from famous chefs and their versions of tetrazzini and got a good idea of where I needed to focus. Then I raided the refrigerator. My goal was to not have to purchase anything to make this meal, yet make it extremely tasty. This is the outcome.
I love couscous and could eat it in some variation nearly every day. Not everyone in my household feels this way (I won’t mention the “he” who shall be nameless). In an effort to make couscous a little bit “tastier” to some folks, I thought this quick and easy casserole might hit the spot. This would be a great side dish to any meal or if you are going meatless eat this all by itself!
Tacos … check! Chicken … check! Together in a casserole … check, check! Three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one sensational dish. And I do mean sensational. This is one easy and really tasty casserole that I will be making again and again at my house. I hope you love it as much as we do.
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Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!