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Serves

7

Prep Time

105

Cook Time

50

Ingredients

Beef mince sauce
700g Beef mince
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
2 sticks Celery, finely chopped
700g Bottle tomato passata
1 cup Beef stock
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 tbsp Dried oregano leaves
1 Fresh bay leaf
White sauce
90g Butter
½ cup Plain flour
3 cups Milk
1 tsp Ground nutmeg
1 cup Grated kefalotyri cheese (or pecorino)
2 Egg yolks, lightly beaten
To assemble
400g Long tubular macaroni, cooked
2/3 cup Grated kefalotyri cheese (or pecorino)
2 Egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup Fresh breadcrumbs
30g Butter, chopped

Method

1 To make the Beef mince sauce, heat a large frypan, over a medium-high heat. Brown the mince in two batches, set it aside. Add oil to the frypan, add onion and celery, cook 1 minute. Return mince to the frypan. Add the tomato passata, stock, cinnamon, oregano and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, partly cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes. The completed sauce should be slightly runny. Remove the bay leaf.
2 To make the white sauce, heat butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour, stir to combine, cook for 30 seconds. Add the milk gradually, then stir constantly until the mixture boils and thickens. Cool slightly, stir in nutmeg, cheese and egg yolks.
3 To assemble, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a deep, rectangular ovenproof dish. Mix macaroni with egg whites and cheese. Add half of the macaroni to the baking dish, top with half of the beef mince sauce. Repeat with macaroni and remaining beef mince sauce and then the white sauce. Cook covered for 20 minutes, uncover and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and butter. Cook uncovered for a further 20-30 minutes, or until thoroughly hot. Remove from oven and stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.