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Greek Style Pastitsio

Pastitsio has a scrumptious taste, try out yourself and enjoy!
  Pastitisio pasta 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Thick Tubular Spaghetti)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  Onions 2
  Olive oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Ground beef 2 Pound
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
  Whole cloves 1
  Nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Tomato sauce 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Romano cheese 8 Ounce (230 Gr)

Cook the pasta butter it and set aside.
Prepare the béchamel sauce and set aside.
Stick three whole cloves in each garlic clove and set aside.

Sauté the onions in olive oil for about 8 minutes.
Add the meat and stir to brown. When meat is cooked add garlic (and cloves), nutmeg, cinnamon, 2 cups of water, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper.
Cook the meat sauce for 35 minutes on medium and set aside.

Spread half pasta on pan. Sprinkle with romano cheese. Pour meat sauce on top of pasta. Continue with spreading a second layer of pasta. Sprinkle again with romano cheese. Finally put the béchamel sauce and sprinkle again with cheese. Bake pastitsio at 350 for about 20 minutes until golden brown.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Greek comfort food at its finest, pastitsio makes for a heart indulgence any day. Layers of beef, pasta, and cheesy béchamel sauce baked to perfection lend this dish its luscious Greek flavors. Very simple and very sinful, a serving of pastitsio could be a great way to appease your cravings.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1604 Calories from Fat 1230

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 138 g212.5%

Saturated Fat 43.6 g218.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 275.5 mg91.8%

Sodium 925.8 mg38.6%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.2%

Dietary Fiber 3.6 g14.6%

Sugars 7.3 g

Protein 68 g136.7%

Vitamin A 13.1% Vitamin C 23.7%

Calcium 65.1% Iron 19.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


foododido's picture
This recipe seems to be a quick one. I was looking for quick pasta recipes. Can chicken be used in this recipe?
tanya3286's picture
I have never tried pastitsio pasta... I'm gonna use chicken for this though. seems spicy and savory.. and I'm gonna go for some more veggies :)
aparna.priya's picture
This pasta recipe seems to be a quick and simple one. I would like to substitute lamb/beef with chicken :)
Ginger.Rose's picture
Pastitsio is my all time favorite baked pasta dish and it smells fantastic! I generally make Pastitsio using ground lamb instead of beef. And oh, this baked pasta dish is sure to feed a crowd!
Food.Mania1's picture
Hey Chef! you know what is the most amazing part of your Pastitsio recipe? its the layering style of blending pasta and cheese with selected spices...and yeah the meat drowned in the bechamel sauce is note worthy :) i haven't tried any meat substitute yet, but pls suggest which one to go for....chicken, turkey or lamb???
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