Pastitsio (Greek pasta bake)

Pastitsio (Greek pasta bake)


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About this recipe: A hearty pasta bake made with mince and tomatoes, macaroni pasta and a rich white sauce.


Serves: 5 

  • 450g macaroni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 450g beef mince (10% fat)
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 175g grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 140ml milk
  • 1 egg yolk

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook garlic, onions and beef mince until meat is browned. Add tomatoes, pepper and oregano. Stir and cook about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Lightly coat a baking dish with olive oil and spread 1/2 the cooked pasta in it. Add the meat sauce and cover with the remaining pasta.
  5. Melt butter in a saucepan and blend in flour. Slowly add milk, stirring until it almost begins to boil. In a bowl, blend remaining Parmesan cheese and egg yolk; slowly add the egg-cheese mixture to the milk sauce, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour sauce over macaroni and bake for 30 minutes. Top should be golden and a little crispy.

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