A great pasta dish with the famous French Béchamel sauce is a true Arab favorite. This filling dish will satisfy any family. This meal freezes well if you freeze only the pasta and prepare the béchamel after cooking.
1 bag of macaroni pasta(500 grams)cooked and drained
1-1/2 pounds of ground meat
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/3 cup water
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1. In a large skillet on medium heat add meat, onion and garlic until meat is brown and the onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and 1/3 cup water. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
2. Set aside 1/3 of the sauce. Mix the rest of the sauce with the cooked macaroni. Spread half of the macaroni mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Spread the meat mixture over it evenly. Spread the rest of the macaroni mixture over the meat. Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the top.
3. Bake in a 350 F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Let sit for five minutes. Then serve.
Yields: 12 servings