Greek Pastitsio

Recipe Submitted by Sherinova ..|.. Category: Casseroles

A layered pasta & meat casserole. Looks like a long complicated list of ingredients, but it really isn't.


    Pasta Layer:
  • 8 ounces cooked ziti or similar shape pasta
  • 3 T melted butter
  • 1/3 C parmesan
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Meat Layer:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 C chopped onion
  • 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. dried mint flakes (opt)
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t. pepper
    Top Layer:
  • 4 T. butter
  • 4 T. flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 C parmesan cheese
  • total butter = almost 1/2 C
  • total milk = 2 1/3 C
  • total eggs = 2
  • total parmesan = 2/3 C


Cook pasta, drain, return to pan. Stir in melted butter, 1/3 C parmesan, 1/3 C milk and egg; set aside. Cook beef with the onion until done; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, salt, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Set aside. In saucepan, melt 4 T butter, then mix in flour and 1/4 t. salt. Slowly stir or whisk in 2 C milk. Cook and stir on medium high heat until sauce starts to thicken then cook & stir for an additional minute. Remove from heat, and whisk in beaten egg. Blend in 1/3 C parmesan. In a 2 Qt baking dish or 11x7 pan layer half of pasta, layer meat, layer rest of pasta, pour cream mixture over top, covering completely. Bake uncovered at 350F for about 40 min. Remove, let stand for 10 min. or so.

Changes I've made: use a bit more meat and add some add'l water w/the tomato sauce.
I like the mint, but use half of what is called for. It seems to intensify when you're eating it for leftovers.

Recipe from, Site Maintained by Donna Young, of