Infused Pastisio by Chef Nugs

Infused Pastisio by Chef Nugs

Ingredients:
Coarse Salt & Ground Pepper
1 pound Penne, cooked and drained
2 pounds Ground Lamb
2 Medium Onions, diced
1/2 cup Red Wine
1 can (6 ounces) Tomato Paste
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
6 tablespoons Hash Butter
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour, spooned and leveled
3 cups Hash Milk
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta, and drain; reserve. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, over medium heat, cook lamb, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain fat, and discard. Return lamb to pan; add wine. Cook over medium heat until almost all liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cinnamon, and 2 cups water; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Make Parmesan Cheese Sauce while mixture is simmering: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk in flour until incorporated, about 30 seconds. In a slow steady stream, whisk in milk until there are no lumps. Cook, whisking often, until mixture is thick and bubbly and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in cayenne, if desired, and Parmesan. Add pasta to lamb mixture; transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Pour sauce over the top, smoothing with the back of a spoon until level. Bake until browned in spots, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes before serving.

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