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Greek Pastitsio

Step into the heart of Greece with Pastitsio, a beloved layered casserole that combines pasta, savory meat sauce, and creamy béchamel. This iconic Greek dish is a testament to the country's rich culinary heritage, offering a symphony of textures and flavors in every bite.
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Pastitsio is a hearty and satisfying dish that brings together pasta, aromatic spices, and a velvety béchamel sauce. Loved by families and friends alike, it's a centerpiece of Greek gatherings, filling homes with the irresistible aroma of baked goodness.


1 pound penne or macaroni pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef or lamb
1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
Salt and nutmeg to taste
3 large eggs, beaten
6 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 45 Mins

Cook Time:

2 Hrs 0 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Cook the pasta according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.


In a large pan, heat olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add ground meat and cook until browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).


Combine the cooked pasta with the meat sauce, mixing well. Stir in grated Parmesan.


Transfer the pasta mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it evenly.


In a saucepan, melt butter for the béchamel sauce. Stir in flour until smooth, then gradually whisk in milk. Cook until thickened, then season with salt and nutmeg.


Temper the beaten eggs with a small amount of the hot béchamel, then whisk the egg mixture into the sauce.


Pour the béchamel sauce over the pasta, ensuring it covers the entire surface.


Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the edges are bubbling.


Allow Pastitsio to cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Tips for this recipe

For a neat slice, let the Pastitsio rest a bit after baking. This allows the layers to set, making it easier to cut into beautiful portions. Serve with a crisp Greek salad for a complete and satisfying meal. Kalí óreksi!

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