Pastitsio Recipe: A Classic Comfort Greek Lasagna with Bechamel Dish

 If you're a fan of hearty, comforting meals, Greek pastitsio should be on your radar. This traditional Greek lasagna with bechamel is a staple in Greek cuisine, and it's easy to see why. With layers of pasta, seasoned ground meat, and creamy bechamel sauce, pastitsio is a flavorful and satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion.

This traditional pastitsio recipe requires the following ingredients: bucatini pasta, ground beef, onion, garlic cloves, tomato can, tomato paste, cinnamon, salt, pepper, Greek olive oil, milk, butter, all-purpose flour, nutmeg, eggs, and kefalograviera cheese (or kefalotyri cheese)

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Pastitsio Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1 pound of bucatini pasta
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of grated kefalograviera cheese

Pastitsio Recipe - How to Make

  1. Start this authentic pastitsio recipe by preheating your oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, stirring frequently to break up any clumps.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  6. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously for 1-2 minutes until the mixture turns golden brown.
  7. Slowly add the milk to the saucepan, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  8. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the nutmeg and beaten eggs.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked penne pasta, ground beef mixture, and half of the kefalograviera cheese. Mix well to combine.
  10. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter. Pour the pasta and beef mixture into the dish and spread it out evenly.
  11. Pour the bechamel sauce over the pasta and beef mixture, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining kefalograviera cheese over the top of the bechamel sauce.
  13. Bake the pastitsio in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  14. Let the pastitsio cool for a few minutes before serving.
This classic Greek pastitsio recipe is sure to become a family favorite. With its layers of pasta, seasoned beef, and creamy bechamel sauce, it's a comforting and delicious meal that's perfect for any occasion. Serve it with a Greek horiatiki salad and crusty bread for a complete and satisfying launch or dinner.