This dish is Greek in origin. I love the cinnamon and nutmeg, really creates a new flavor treat. By far, when I recipe tested this one, it was one of the more popular dishes, everyone at the table wanted the recipe.
I thought of it because I’m on a hunt for some decent pita bread here at a mile-high. Living in Boston I was truly spoiled by all the great Greek food – but of course it was difficult to find decent Mexican. Now the reverse is true. At least I’ve got some terrific Italian available and an amazing Cajun restaurant.
- 7 oz ziti
- ¾ lb lean ground beef
- ½ onion, chopped
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- ½ to 1 tsp salt
- 6 oz grated parmesan/Romano mix
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
saucepan, skillet, 8×8 glass baking dish, greased
Cook ziti according to package directions, drain well. Cook beef & onion until beef is browned. Drain. Stir in tomatoes & salt. Layer ½ ziti in baking dish, add beef mixture and then ½ of the cheese, sprinkle cinnamon over cheese. Add remaining ziti.
Beat eggs, milk & butter together. Pour over ziti mixture, top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes, until center is set. (I put my casserole on a cookie sheet to catch anything that bubbles over.) Sprinkle with nutmeg.