A subtle touch of cinnamon adds intriguing flavor to a simple pasta and ground beef casserole.
The recipe is modeled after pastitsio (pah-STEE-tsee-oh), the classic Greek casserole made with long macaroni meat and tomato sauce, grated cheese and béchamel sauce. Cinnamon traditionally seasons the meat and tomato sauce, and it gives this torte a subtly exotic flavor.
Serve greens tossed with a red wine vinaigrette seasoned with oregano. A loaf of crusty bread and a plate of feta cheese, kalamata olives and salonika peppers finish a Greek dinner. For dessert serve fresh orange or melon wedges.
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