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
35 Min


  • 1 lb
    macaroni, cooked (i use elbow but anything sturdy will do
  • 28 oz
    can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1
    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


  1. Preheat 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
  2. Drain grease from pan, leaving about 1-2 T fat in pan. Sprinkle in flour and stir like crazy. No lumps.
  3. In same pan,whiskin milk, carefully. Bring almost to a boil. You are making a bechamel sauce. Add half the cheese.
  4. Grease 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.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 25-30 min until cheese is brown.
  6. TIP: 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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