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Mediterranean Flavors
Entrees Under $10
Fresh from the Garden

Mo's Mac
Total cost: $9.07

1lb penne or elbow macaroni
1 lb ground beef
1/4 c olive oil
1 medium onion
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1 6oz can tomato paste
6oz water from the empty can of tomato paste
1 large piece of pocket bread


Drop the pasta in a stockpot of boiling water and cook at a boil until barely tender to the bite. In the meantime sauté the onions and olive oil in a sauce pan until soft, add ground beef and cook until almost done.  Add turmeric and mix well. Add tomato paste and water.  Sautee until mixed well.  Set aside, but do not allow to get cold. 

Add olive oil to a stockpot on medium heat, once hot place the bread on the bottom of the pot. The bread should completely cover the bottom of the pot. Add paste and then spill the meat mixture on top.  Mix well without disturbing the bread, once mixed form the pasta into a mound.  Place three sheets of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel on top of the pot and place the lid of the pot on top of the towel so that the towel is sealed by the lid.  Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour.

Remove the lid of the pot and spoon the pasta on a platter.  Slip a spatula under the bread and lift out as one piece and place inverted on the platter.  The bread should be golden brown and deliciously crunchy.  A Piece should be broken off for each serving.



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