Simple Beef & Mozzarella Pastitsio


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta) 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk 
  • (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese 
  • (3-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese 
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  1. Directions:
  2. 1. Preheat broiler.
  3. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  4. 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef from pan; drain. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beef; sprinkle with 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.
  5. 4. 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.