Pastitsio Recipe

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Barbara Jones


Another easy layered dish but be prepared to wash a lot of pans.


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45 Min
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1 lb
macaroni, cooked (i use elbow but anything sturdy will do
28 oz
can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp
tomato paste
yellow onion, chopped fine
2 tsp
garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 c
1 -2 Tbsp
1 lb
hamburger, browned
1/2 c
parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp
allspice, ground
1 pinch
cinnamon, ground (optional)

How to Make Pastitsio


  • 1Preheat good sized frying pan. Add oil. Brown hamburger with onion and garlic. Onion should be translucent and garlic cooked but not brown. Add allspice and cinnamon. Set aside
  • 2Drain grease from pan, leaving about 1-2 T fat in pan. Sprinkle in flour and stir like crazy. No lumps.
  • 3In same pan,whiskin milk, carefully. Bring almost to a boil. You are making a bechamel sauce. Add half the cheese.
  • 4Grease large (9 x 13) casserole (olive oil OK). Layer 1/2 the macaroni w/sauce. Top with all the meat. Layer in the other half of the macaroni/sauce mix. Top with parmesan.
  • 5Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 25-30 min until cheese is brown.
  • 6TIP: This is great to use up leftover spaghetti and sauce. Just make the white sauce separately and mix with spaghetti.
    If you can find kesh kavali cheese in a Greek store, use that. Finely shaved asiago is nice too.

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About Pastitsio

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Greek

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