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Pastitsio (Baked Greek Lasagna with Meat Sauce and Béchamel)

Greek Pastitsio recipe (Greek Lasagna with Béchamel)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

The Best Greek Pastitsio recipe (Pastichio)! An authentic Greek Lasagna recipe to recreate this traditional delight just like my grandma used to make it.


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Ingredients

Base Ingredients

  • 350g bucatini pasta, penne or ziti
  • 110g feta cheese
  • 2 eggs

For the meat sauce

  • 700g lean ground beef
  • 2 medium sized red onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 250ml red wine (1 glass)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/4 of a cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

For the bechamel

  • 120g flour
  • 120g butter
  • 900ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100g Kefalotyri or Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • a pinch of nutmeg


Instructions

  1. To prepare this traditional pastitsio recipe (pastichio), start with the meat sauce. Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil, the chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato puree and the beef. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon and brown for 4-5 minutes. Pour in the red wine and wait to evaporate. Add the canned tomatoes, the sugar, cinnamon, clove, the bay leaf and season. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer with the lid on for about 30 minutes, until most of the juices have evaporated. (After the meat is cooked, discard the bay leaf, the clove and the cinnamon)
  2. Prepare the bechamel sauce for the pastitsio. Melt the butter in a large pan over low-medium heat. Add the flour whisking continuously to make a paste. Add warmed milk in small batches, whisking continuously in order to prevent your sauce from getting lumpy. If the sauce still needs to thicken, boil over low heat whilst continuing to stir. Remove the pan from the stove and add the egg yolks, salt, pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and the grated cheese. Whisk quickly, in order to prevent the eggs from turning an omelette!
  3. Cook the pasta for the pastitsio 2-3 minutes less than the package instructions, so that they don’t get mushy after turning out of the oven later. Drain the pasta and stir in the eggs and the feta cheese (smashed with a fork) and mix gently with a spatula.
  4. For this pastitsio recipe you will need a large baking dish, approx. 20*30 cm. Butter the bottom and sides of a pan and assemble the pastitsio. Layer the pasta, top with the meat sauce and even out. Top the pastitsio with the bechamel sauce and smooth out with a spatula.
  5. Sprinkle the pastichio with grated cheese and bake in preheated oven at 180* C (350* F) Fan for about 40 minutes, until crust turns a light golden brown. Let the pastitsio cool down for a while before serving.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 medium square
  • Calories: 755kcal
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 494.2mg
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 22.3g
  • Cholesterol: 107.4mg

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