Pastitsio Greek Pasta Bake
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Layers of comfort food are baked to perfection in this Pastitsio (or Greek Pasta Bake) with layers of seasoned ground beef, creamy Bechamel sauce, and pasta. This is one of my very favorite meals!
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 10-12
  • 2 lb ground beef or lamb (or a mixture of both)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (approx 1 - 8 oz can)
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 pound Ziti pasta
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease/spray a 13x9 baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet - brown ground beef and onion. Drain. Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add in tomato sauce, wine, can of undrained diced tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste - adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. While meat is simmering - cook pasta. Do not overcook - pasta should be just shy of al dente.
  5. Drain pasta. Return pasta to pot and mix in olive oil, 2 beaten eggs and ½ cup of parmesan cheese.
  6. Now start the bechamel/white sauce. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add in flour and whisk until it's a smooth paste. Cook for a minute or two but do not brown.
  7. Slowly add in milk and cook for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Season to taste with salt, pepper & a bit of nutmeg.
  10. Mix in 2 beaten eggs & remaining 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. This will be a very thick sauce - if it's too thick to work with you can add a bit more milk.
  11. Assembly:
  12. Spread half of the pasta mixture evenly on the bottom of the casserole dish - make sure bottom is completely covered.
  13. Evenly spread the entire meat mixture over bottom pasta layer.
  14. Top meat with remaining pasta.
  15. Pour the bechamel sauce on top of noodles.
  16. With a spoon spread sauce making sure to get edges and corners. Sauce should be nearly to top of casserole dish - you may have a little leftover.
  17. Bake for 45 minutes - top will be golden brown. Let rest for 20 minutes before cutting.
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