Recipe of Any-night-of-the-week Pastitsio (greek pasta bake)

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Pastitsio (greek pasta bake) Traditional Greek pastitsio (παστίτσιο, pastítsio) is an authentic Greek Lasagne – a baked dish that combines layers of pasta, ground meat and velvety béchamel sauce to create the ultimate comfort food. The Pastitsio (or Pastichio) is a famous Greek pasta bake with a spiced meat sauce and a silky béchamel. It's ideal for a delicious Sunday dinner and it also freezes very well.

Hello everybody, it’s Louise, welcome to our recipe page. Today, we’re going to prepare a distinctive dish, pastitsio (greek pasta bake). It is one of my favorites. This time, I’m gonna make it a little bit unique. This will be really delicious.

Pastitsio (greek pasta bake) is one of the most well liked of current trending meals on earth. It’s enjoyed by millions daily. It is easy, it’s quick, it tastes yummy. Pastitsio (greek pasta bake) is something that I have loved my whole life. They’re nice and they look fantastic.

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To get started with this particular recipe, we have to first prepare a few components. You can cook pastitsio (greek pasta bake) using 16 ingredients and 4 steps. Here is how you can achieve that.

The ingredients needed to make Pastitsio (greek pasta bake):

  1. {Prepare 500 grams of (gluten free) pasta e.g. fusilli.
  2. {Make ready 1 of sea salt.
  3. {Get 1 of extra virgin olive oil.
  4. {Make ready 500 ml of (semi-skimmed) milk.
  5. {Take 3 tsp of margarine.
  6. {Get 6 tbsp of corn flour.
  7. {Make ready 2 tsp of grated nutmeg.
  8. {Take 500 grams of minced veal or extra lean beef.
  9. {Take 250 ml of tomato passata.
  10. {Get 1 large of onion, finely squared.
  11. {Take 1 clove of garlic, finely grated.
  12. {Prepare 1 tsp of grated cinammon.
  13. {Take 2 tsp of allspice.
  14. {Get 2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper.
  15. {Get 1/2 cup of red dry wine or 1/4 cup cognac.
  16. {Take 1 cup of grated goat's cheese (e.g. feta).

Nothing speaks family dinner better than Pastitsio! Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil over a high heat. Drain and combine with the meat sauce. Add the cooked onions to the sauce and let everything cool.

Instructions to make Pastitsio (greek pasta bake):

  1. Boil the pasta in salted water and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil , until al dente. Then drain. You shouldn't need to rinse with cold water, because you added oil during boiling..
  2. Boil the milk in a pan and then reduce the heat. Add the margarine and cornflour ehile continuously stiring to avoid burning at the bottom of the pan. I used a hand mixer at a slow speed. When the sause is slightly thick , you add the nutmeg and set aside..
  3. In another pan, you saute the minced meat. When brown and all juices are reduced, you add the finely chopped onion and grated garlic until transparent and flavour the minced meat. Then you pour either the wine or cognac. If kids are sharing this dish, then you can skip the alcohol. Then in go the passata and spices. You reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until you get a thick sauce with some juice left..
  4. In a baking tray, you place half of the pasta with some grated cheese and a scoop of the white sauce whle mixing everything evenly. Then you pour on top of the pasta mix, all the minced meat sauce with a scoop of the white sauce. Finally, you place the remaining pasta with some grated cheese ontop of the previous layers. At the end, you pour the remaining white sauce and grated cheese on top of the final pasta layer. You bake for 20- 30 minutes in a pre- heated oven (at 180oC) or until the top layer becomes golden (I know mine looks more brown 🙂 )..

Pastitsio, or pastichio (the spelling doesn't translate so well) combines two family favourites – macaroni and cheese and pasta bolognese to form a sort of Greek lasagne. Basically it is pasta in a bolognese-type sauce topped with a simple Béchamel sauce and baked in the oven. For the traditional pastitsio / Pasticcio recipe, layers of pasta, juicy minced beef and velvety béchamel sauce are baked together to create the ultimate Greek comfort food! Along with the legendary dish moussaka of course. The beef is cooked in a tomato sauce along with aromatic spices.

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