Pastitso Recipe



Pastitso Recipe

This Pastitso recipe, I think, can be found in any Greek's kitchen...It's the national dish of Greece.  You talk about comfort food, Pastitso is at the top of the list.  A secret in this dish is the Kasseri Greek can't substitute for it but it's not hard to find.  Then the bechamel sauce tops the whole's fantastic.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 28 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 3 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg fresh
  • 1 can 8-oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 pound butter melted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 8 ounces grated Kasseri Greek cheese
  • 4 cups bechamel sauce see recipe below

Bechamel Sauce

  • Makes 4 cups
  • 4 cups hot milk
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt and white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground


  • In 4 tablespoons of butter, saute the ground round with the onions, garlic, parsley (crumbling the meat with a fork) until golden brown.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, wine and tomato sauce; simmer for 30 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, boil the macaroni in salted water according to the directions on the package; when cooked, rinse and drain the macaroni; place it in a bowl and add 1/4 pound melted butter, beaten eggs and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese; mix well.
  • Spread half of the macaroni mixture on the bottom of a greased 9x13x2-inch baking pan; cover evenly with the meat sauce; sprinkle with grated cheese; spread remaining macaroni over meat; sprinkle with grated cheese, cover with bechamel sauce (see recipe below), sprinkle lavishly with grated cheese, dot with butter, and sprinkle very delicately with a few pinches of cinnamon over the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool and cut into 3-inch squares.
  • For The Bechamel Sauce:Melt butter in a pan, add flour, mix  and stir until smooth.
    Lower heat and gradually add the hot milk, stirring constantly until it thickens.
    Add cinnamon and season with salt and pepper.

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