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This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?

Greek Pastitio

Greek oven baked pastitio...

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword pastitio
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Calories per serving 756 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb macaroni (675 g)
  • 14 oz lamb or beef mince (400 g)
  • 9 oz canned chopped tomatoes (250 g)
  • cup chicken stock (80 ml)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 medium onion peeled
  • 2 cups whole milk (480 ml)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion and garlic finely in a blender. Pour some olive oil in a large non-stick pan and place it over medium heat until hot. Then add the onion mix.

  2. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  3. Stir and cook gently for 5 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Then add the mince to the pan.

  4. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  5. Break up the big lumps and stir. Cook for 6 minutes until the mince is brown and crumbly. Then add the canned tomatoes and chicken stock. Season with a dash of pepper, salt and half of the ground cinnamon.

  6. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  7. Stir the ingredients well. Simmer the mince sauce gently for another 7 minutes. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or cinnamon. The tomato sauce should be rather be thick. In the meantime bring a pan of water to a rolling boil and add the macaroni. Cook until the macaroni is tender and drain. Then transfer the cooked macaroni back to the pan and put aside until later.

  8. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  9. Add the butter to a small saucepan and place it over medium heat until melted. Then add the plain flour.

  10. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  11. Whisk firmly into a wet crumble and turn the heat low. Let the flour bake gently for about 2 minutes. Stir regularly. Turn the heat up again and add a little milk.

  12. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  13. Stir well into a sticky mixture. Then gradually add the remaining milk. Stir well to break up any flour lumps. Once the milk is incorporated, let the sauce simmer and thicken. Stir regularly. Then add the egg yolk.

  14. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  15. Stir quickly and season with a dash of pepper, salt and the remaining cinnamon to taste. Then add half of the sauce to the cooked macaroni and stir.

  16. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  17. Transfer half of the macaroni to a buttered baking dish and press it down a little. Season with a little pepper and salt.
  18. Greek Pastitio, a delicious oven baked pasta dish!
  19. Top with the tomato sauce and cover this layer with the remaining macaroni. Finish with white sauce.

  20. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?
  21. Make sure to cover the pasta well with the sauce. Bake the dish in a preheated over at 356°F (180°) for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the white sauce: it will start to turn brown. Cover with a piece of tinfoil if necessary. Once the pastitio is baked, remove it from the oven, cut it up into squares and serve hot.

  22. This Greek pastitio is a delicious oven baked pasta dish! Thick layers of macaroni, ground beef and bechamel white sauce... What's not to love?