Roasted Eggplant Pastitsio
This is one of my favorite fall and winter casseroles. It'll use up all your bowls, pots, and pans, so be ready for it--but you can also break this into steps and make the meat sauce a day ahead. I often double this and freeze one pan. It's my standard family-had-a-new-baby dish to bring to a friend, too.
You can substitute ground beef for the lamb or use half beef, half lamb in the meat sauce.
To make this recipe ahead of time, you can assemble the casserole and refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, or freeze. To reheat from the refrigerator, cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 1 hour, removing the foil for the last 20 minutes. If you bake it directly from the freezer, bake for 1 hour covered, and about 30 minutes uncovered.
Ziti or rigatoni can be used in place of penne.