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Greek Pastitsio


Greek Pastitsio


Greek Pastitsio and a Lovely Greek woman!

My mother spent a lot of time having her friends over to eat some Indian food. She also learnt a lot of cooking from their diverse ethnicities. Mrs Pandelis was a lovely lady who I would often see in our kitchen with mom. We loved her yummy greek cookin!!

My absolute favorite which I have prepared many a time is the Greek Pastitsio made of ground beef and penne pasta. This pasta dish is ‘a must try’. Thankyou Mrs Pandelis.

I am told that ‘Pastitsio’ loosely translated means  ‘A Mess’ 🙂 This is a truly authentic Greek Pastitsio Recipe.

greek pastitsio recipe



greek pastitsio - heres a serving

Greek Pastitsio – A YUMMY MESS

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Greek Pastitsio – Video

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Recipe Name:  Greek Pastitsio
Recipe Type: Main / Pasta
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Marination/ Resting Time : 1 hour 15 minutes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 1 
Total time: 1
Yield: (6-7 servings)

Method with step by step pictures:

For the pasta:

  • Cook the pasta till al ‘dente in salted boiling water.
  • penne
  • Greek Pastitsio - add pasta
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes. Meanwhile, proceed with steps for the filling.
  • Drain the cooked  pasta. Add butter to prevent stickiness. Set aside.
  • Greek Pastitsio- butter pasta

For the filling:

  • Heat Butter in a deep wide pan. Don’t allow to brown.
  • Saute onion and garlic till transclucent.
  • Greek Pastitsio. chopped ingredients 1 Greek Pastitsio. - saute onion and garlic
  • Add minced beef. 
  • Greek Pastitsio. - add mince
  • Stir and cook for 5-6 minutes. The liquids will be released from the mince.
  • Allow these liquids to evaporate and the beef to change color.
  • Greek Pastitsio.- stir
  • When the liquid has evaporated, add all remaining ingredients for the filling except egg white. (Canned tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley, apple juice, salt, pepper, allspice).
  • Greek Pastitsio. add all other ingredients
  • Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, till all the liquid evaporates again.
  • Greek Pastitsio. cook stirring
  • greek pastitsio - cook till liquids evaporate
  • Allow to cool. Then add egg whites. 
  • greek pastitsio - add egg white when cool.
  • Stir till meat mixture is glossy. Set aside
  • greek pastitsio - egg white stirred in
  • Preheat the oven now to 180°c/350F. If using european setting, have heat elements from top and bottom switched on, while preheating.

For the Sauce (Bechamel):

  • Melt butter. Add the flour.
  • greek pastitsio - cook flour in butter
  • Stir quickly, till all the flour is mixed. Allow this ‘roux’ to cook briefly without going brown.
  • Add milk, a little at a time. Stir to remove lumps. Use a whisk for this.
  • greek pastitsio - add milk greek pastitsio - to remove lumps greek pastitsio - whisk
  • The  milk will be absorbed and the mixture will thicken.
  • greek pastitsio - bechamel 2
  • Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to suit your taste. Stir again till smooth. You can add a small amount of milk, little by little if it seems too thick.
  • greek pastitsio - add spices greek pastitsio - spiced
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the eggs, yolks and cheese. Stir till smoothly incorporated.
  • greek pastitsio - for bechamel sauce
  • greek pastitsio - till right consistency

To Assemble:

greek pastitsio - for layers

Cooked Pasta, Meat Sauce, Bechamel Sauce and Grated Cheese – For layering

  • Lightly grease an oven proof dish with butter. Use a dish that is large enough to hold all the layers.
  • greek pastitsio - butter dish
  • Make the first layer with half of the cooked pasta.
  • greek pastitsio - layer 1 pasta
  • Sprinkle some cheese over this.
  • greek pastitsio - sprinkle cheese 1
  • Add one layer consisting of all the cooked mince meat sauce.
  • greek pastitsio - layer 2 meat sauce
  • Add the remaining pasta.
  • greek pastitsio - layer4 more pasta
  • Sprinkle cheese over this layer too.
  • greek pastitsio - layer 6 more cheese
  • Spread the  béchamel sauce over the top to seal the dish.
  • greek pastitsio - layer 7bechamel sauce
  • Sprinkle some more cheese over the top.
  • greek pastitsio - laste layer more cheese
  • Bake in a pre heated oven at 180°c/350F  on the lower rack. When the dish is put in, I like to turn off the top heating element so that cooking is done from bottom only.
  • greek pastitsio - bake in preheated oven
  • Bake for 30 minutes in total.
  • For the last 7 minutes I like to switch on the top element and turn off the bottom heating element.
  • greek pastitsio - bale 30 minutes
  • Watch carefully for the last few minutes, you want a nice golden top with cheese that is melted and not burnt.

Greek Pastitsio Recipe

  • In the original recipe Dry white wine is used in place of apple juice.
  • Apple juice is a good substitute for those who avoid alcohol. Make sure it’s not one of those extra sweet types though.
  • You may decide not to use all the sauce and set some aside for another snack. Depends on whether you like a more hefty serving.
  • Allspice can be substituted with a combination of powdered cinnamon and cloves.
  • Read more about Greek Cuisine.

Key Ingredients: Beef, Penne Pasta, Onion, Tomates, Garlic, Flour, Cheese, Spices, Salt, Butter, Egg, Apple Juice/Wine, Hot Milk.

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