Saturday, December 8, 2007

Jesse's dinner

I have given the boys a food budget and had them make dinner once a week, they went through and found some they liked. They had $20- so $5/meal to work with. It was Jesse's turn to cook tonight- so this is what he made. I will say that it caused alot of pots and pans to be washed, but it was tasty. This is what we did:

(16 ounce) packages uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb ground meat
6 oz can tomato paste + 1 can water
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

1/4 c butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and bouillon cubes, and cook until it reaches desired tenderness.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Saute onion until golden and add ground meat. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper; simmer over low heat until heated through.
Heat 1/4 cup butter in a deep saucepan; whisk flour and milk and stir into melted butter. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce thickens; stir in salt to taste and white pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the cooked macaroni and stir in mozzarella cheese. Spoon half of the macaroni mixture into prepared dish and top with ground beef mixture. Spoon the remaining macaroni over the ground meat mixture and pour the rest of the sauce over the top. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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