I got this recipe out of a local ladies club recipe book…. it turned out pretty good though I would double the spices it calls for next time I make it… doesn’t taste exactly like the real thing but it’s pretty good -my little one and hubby liked it so that counts for a lot!


  • 2 cups macaroni, cooked
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp each dried oregano, cinnamon, salt, chili powder (I would double amt)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 14 oz can tomatoes
  • 5-1/2 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan

SAUCE (I would double this sauce)

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch nutmeg, salt, pepper (I would double nutmeg)

INSTRUCTIONS (paraphrased)

  1. cook macaroni, drain and rinse. butter deep casserole dish and sprinkle bread crumbs on bottom, then pour 1/2 of noodles into dish.
  2. meanwhile cook onion, garlic and beef and spices. drain fat and pour in tomatoes, paste and vinegar. cook till bubbly. remove from heat, stir in parsley. pour meat sauce onto macaroni in dish with 1/3 parmesan.
  3. pour rest of macaroni over meat sauce in dish.
  4. make rue by melting butter in pan, then adding flour and making a paste – then whisk in milk slowly to avoid lumps. after mixture begins to thicken add cottage cheese, spices, and egg and whisk well. let mixture heat through then pour over top of noodles.
  5. cover dish with foil or lid then bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes.