Greek Pastitsio

Pastitsio, Greek Macaroni

Greek Pastitsio

I was day dreaming about summer, and when I think of summer, I think of either Spain or Greece. All my childhood holidays were spent in Greece and I loved it so much.

Even at such a young age I would look forward to the food, and eat all the local foods, no “childrens menu” for me. No, I went straight for the grilled Barbounia, moussaka, gyros, tzaziki, olives and octopus or pastizio.

So whenever I’m feeling a bit melancholic about Greece, I will just cook something Greek like Greek Lamb Souvlaki or Pastizio and I feel like I’m on a mini holiday.

This Pastitsio is a quick version of the original pasta dish and there’s no need to cook the noodles first.

It all goes into one dish and cooks in the oven. So once it is in the oven, pour yourself a glass of Retzina sit down and relax and pretend you’re on a holiday!

 

Ref. sugar free  ✔

 

Serves: 4


Ingredients;

  • 7 oz long macaroni for Pastitsio (you can substitute penne or ziti)
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz. ground lamb
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Thyme
  • a pinch of dry mint
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 1/3 C. stock
  • 3/4 C. cream
  • 1/2 C. Kefalotyri cheese
  • 1/2 C. mozzarella
  • 1/4 C. Feta
  • 2 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted

Greek Pastitsio

Greek Pastitsio

 

Method;

Pre heat the oven to 200° C / 400° F

  1. Place the macaroni ucooked in a large rectangle baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the lamb. Cook until it’s no longer pink and add the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the all spice, oregano, thyme, mint, and season with a little salt and freshly ground pepper. The stock is already salty and so is the cheese, so add just a little now and correct if necesary later on.
  4. Cook until the onion and lamb are turning golden, add the flour and cook for another minute.
  5. Add the stock and bring to a bubble.
  6. Let simmer for a minute or so. Add the cream and heat thru.
  7. Turn off the heat.
  8. Pour the sauce over the macaroni.
  9. Sprinkle over the cheeses and place in the middle of the oven.
  10. Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes until macaroni is soft.
  11. If it gets to dark, place a tented foil over the dish.
  12. Remove from the oven and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

Kali orexi!

Myra XO

Greek Pastitsio

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15 thoughts on “Pastitsio, Greek Macaroni

  1. Nick Stamoulis says:

    It’s so true that cooking an authentic Greek dish can bring us back to Greece! People tend to associate pasta dishes with Italian food but there are some great Greek pasta dishes out there. I’ll have to try this one!

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Nick. I hope you do try the dish, it’s a quick version but we really love it. Greek food is just great! ☺

  2. Sumith says:

    Absolutely yummy! This reminds me my days in Greece. I experienced this great food for a while, when I was there to set up an Indian Restaurant. Beautiful post Myra.

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Sumith, what a great experience that must have been. Greece is just wonderful ☺

  3. annika says:

    Sounds so yummy Myra! I was not as fortunate as you to have grown up in Greece. But my first neighbours in Canada were Greek and they introduced me to such great food! Like you, my love for Greek food goes way back to my childhood days!

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Annika, it’s fascinating how food can bring you back in time and to different places right?

  4. Vanessa says:

    This looks divine! I love Greek pasta and yours looks particularly luscious. And probably quite easy as a summer lunch dish. Wonderful!

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Vanessa, I just love Greek food and this is quite an easy dish too with all the flavours.

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