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     Pasta - Quick Pastitsio

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   None
Servings   6
Preptime   40 mins

8 oz uncooked penne pasta
Cooking spray
1 lb ground sirloin
1 Tbl. olive oil
1-1/2 Cups chopped onion
5 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbl. flour
2 Cups fat free milk
One, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 Cup (4 oz) 1/3 less fat cream cheese
One 3 oz package fat free cream cheese
3/4 Cup (3 oz) shredded mozzarella
2 Tbl. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat Broiler. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan saute 5 minutes until brown, stirring to crumble. Drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Add oil to pan, add onion. Saute 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, saute 1 minute, stirring occationally.
Add beef and salt. Add flour, cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in milk, tomatoes, and cream cheeses, stirring until smooth. Bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta.
Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 X 9 inch broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top. Broil 4 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with parsley. 453 Calories per serving,15.9 gm fat,19 gm fiber.

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