Greek-Style Pastitsio

Pastitsio (you may have seen it spelled as ‘pastichio’) is a baked pasta dish with ground meat and béchamel sauce. Found in Greek, Egyptian, Turkish, Maltese and Cypriot cuisines, you simply must try this absolute classic.

A perfect dish for freezing or enjoying as soon as its cooled, the Greek-Style Pastitsio is a great recipe to have under your belt.

A tip from Matt: any minced meat you choose to use will be fine, just make sure you’re seasoning with every step of the recipe for maximum flavour impact.

For a new spin on this classic dish, chef Matt Golinski has created this baking delight – Pastitsio – Greek Style Lamb and Pasta Bake.

Get Set Go Bake | Pastitsio

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 50g tomato paste
  • 1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, roughly chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250g penne pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 40g butter
  • 40g flour
  • 75g parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 eggs

Method

  • Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
  • Add the lamb mince and fry over a medium heat until starting to brown.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir over the heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, oregano and cinnamon and simmer for 30 minutes, topping up with water as necessary.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the penne in salted boiling water until just underdone (remembering that it’s going to be baked in the sauce so it will continue to cook).
  • Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Mix the pasta through the lamb sauce and spread evenly into a deep-sided baking dish.
  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan until almost boiling.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir the butter and flour over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture starts to bubble.
  • Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly, until you have a smooth, thick sauce.
  • Stir in half of the parmesan and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the yoghurt and eggs and pour evenly over the pasta mixture to completely cover.
  • Top with remaining parmesan and bake at 180°C for 35–40 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Allow the pastitsio to cool for an hour or so before serving to let the pasta ‘set’.

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