Greek Pastitsio

Greek PastitsioPastitsio is a common Greek dish. Pretty much every family has their version of it – the most important part of it is using real ingredients. Cinnamon and nutmeg with the beef give it such a warm and inviting flavor. It’s a perfect dish for potluck, and both children and adults enjoy it.

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Ingredients:
16 ounces gluten free ziti pasta noodles
1.5 pounds ground beef
16 oz tomato sauce
1/2 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sauce:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 cups milk
1/4 cup brown rice flour
3 eggs
ground pepper, to taste

pastitsio3Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare the noodles per the package directions (Noodles should still be a bit firm to bite, but not chewy.)

While the pasta is cooking start the beef. In a large skillet brown the beef with the onions and salt. When the beef is browned, add the cinnamon, nutmeg and tomato sauce and mix together well.

In a medium sized pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in about 3-4 tablespoons of the rice flour and mix well. It should be thick. Add in the milk and rest of the flour whisk well, removing any lumps (If the sauce isn’t thick enough add a bit more flour). Bring to a light boil then reduce the heat to low. Mix in the parmesan cheese and ground pepper.

pastitsio4After you’ve drained the water from the noodles, add about 1/3 cup of the sauce to the noodles and mix well. Take half the noodles and cover the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Next add all the meat sauce. Then add the rest of the noodles, and top off with the rest of the sauce.

pastitsio5Place it in the oven for 40-45 minutes. The top will be starting to brown when it’s done. Serve hot – serves 6-8. Enjoy!

 

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3 thoughts on “Greek Pastitsio

  1. Cheesy Biscuit 2014/03/25 / 4:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this, but it sounds good!

  2. Lori 2014/03/25 / 7:39 pm

    The flavors you used in this sound really good!

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