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Pastitsio Recipe
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Pastitsio Recipe

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Guests always seem to gobble up this authentic Greek beef and pasta casserole. The creamy white sauce is delicious.—Amanda Briggs, Greenfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef or lamb
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  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 614 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 147 mg cholesterol, 1,206 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, oregano, pepper and, if desired, cinnamon; heat through.
  2. Drain macaroni; place half of macaroni in a greased 9-in.-square baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Layer with meat mixture and remaining macaroni. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and remaining salt until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni.
  5. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pastitsio in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p58

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 614 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 147 mg cholesterol, 1,206 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

Good stuff! This is a yummy comfort food!

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Reviewed May. 6, 2014

The whole family loved it! That is worth a 5 star review at our house!

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

I liked this meal, it was very satisfying.

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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

My husband loved this dish, so i am giving it 5 stars!

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

Excellent recipe. I love this dish anyway and was looking for an easy recipe. This one fits the bill. Definitely a favorite. The only thing I did differently was used Kasseri, a Greek cheese, in place of the Parmesan because I had some on-hand. 

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