Greek pastitsio on a white plate

"A traditional Greek recipe for pastitsio, a delicious and hearty pasta dish. Let yourself be transported to Greece with this simple and tasty recipe!"


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200 gr Greek pasta (ex penne)

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500 gr minced meat (beef or lamb)

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2 cloves of chopped garlic

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1 finely chopped onion

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1 can of crushed peeled tomatoes

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1/2 cup red wine

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1/2 cup beef broth

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1 tablespoon of tomato paste

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1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

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1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

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1/2 cup grated cheese

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4 eggs

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1/4 cup butter

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1/4 cup flour

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2 cups of hot milk

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Pinch of pepper

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Pinch of salt

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted water according to package directions. Drain and reserve.
  3. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until golden brown.
  4. Add the minced meat, tomato paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked.
  5. Prepare the béchamel: melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and mix well. Then add the milk little by little while stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and add the beaten eggs and half the grated cheese. Mix well.
  6. In a large baking dish, place a layer of macaroni, then a layer of minced meat, then another layer of macaroni. Then pour the béchamel on top and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and the rest of the grated cheese.
  7. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and crisp.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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