SILVER FOODIE

Patitsio

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April 25, 2016
Cuisine
  • Greek
Course
Serves 8-10
Equipment
13" x 9" baking dish, oven
Prep time
30m
Cook Time
1h 0m

Luscious layers of pasta, seasoned ground meat and a creamy Béchamel sauce baked to perfection! Greek comfort food at its finest!

 

 

Note: Use ground meat you prefer – ground beef, lamb, veal, sirloin, turkey.


Ingredients

  • 3 Cups
    Pasta, uncooked, preferable tubular-shaped
  • 3 Tablespoons
    Butter
  • 1 Cup
    Parmesan cheese, grated, divided
  • 1 1/2 Pound
    Ground Meat
  • 1 medium
    Onion, chopped
  • 2
    Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can
    Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon
    Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon
    Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 Cup
    Butter
  • 2/3 Cups
    All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups
    Milk
  • 2
    Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    Salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta per package directions. Toss cooked pasta with 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

  2. Cook ground meat, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain any grease from the pan.

  3. Stir in tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, cinnamon and black pepper.

  4. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat.

  5. Whisk eggs until thick and pale. Whisk about one-fourth of the sauce mixture into the eggs to temper them. Add egg mixture to remaining sauce, whisking constantly.

  6. Spoon pasta mixture into a greased 13" x 9" baking dish.

  7. Spoon meat mixture over pasta layer.

  8. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over meat layer.

  9. Pour cream sauce over top of Pastitsio.

  10. Bake Pastitsio at 350 degrees F. for one hour or until golden.

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