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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.  You could call it the greek version of Lasagne! 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. Scroll down for step wise images as well as Full Video.

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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