Patricia Vasos
  • Pastitsio
  • Description
    Luscious layers of pasta and seasoned ground beef and pork topped with a creamy yogurt béchamel sauce baked to a golden brown perfection - a fantastic comfort food option.

Preparation time: 45'
Cooking Time: 60'
Total Time: 105'

Main ingredients

Cooking Method



12 Servings

greek extra virgin olive oil ½ cup
onion,chopped 1 cup
garlic cloves 4 super-sized
green bell pepper 1 medium
ground minced beef 2 ¼ lb.
ground pork 1 lb.
cognac ½ cup
cinnamon stick 1
cloves 4 whole
black pepper a pinch
salt a pinch
oregano a pinch
tomatoes,crushed 3 large
tomato paste 2 tablespoons
water 2 cups
penne pasta 1 bag (500gr)
For the bechamel
butter (good quality) 1 stick
flour 5-6 tablespoons
milk 4 cups
salt a pinch
black pepper a pinch
nutmeg ½ teaspoon
egg yolk 1
kefalotyri cheese ½ cup
greek yogurt 1 cup
kefalotyri cheese(sprinkle on top) 1-2 cups
butter drizzle
How to cook

1. For the sauce, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes.

2. Add the beef and pork, and sauté over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until it's no longer pink, crumbling it with a wooden spoon.

3. Add the wine, and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the garlic, cinnamon stick, cloves, black pepper, salt, oregano, and continue cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, 2 cups of water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Set aside. Don't forget to remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).

5. For the béchamel, in a medium saucepan melt one stick of butter.  Add 5-6 tablespoons of flour stirring until it become a paste on a medium- high heat. 

6. Add in small portions of the milk.  Continue cooking and constantly whisking for 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens and is smooth. 

7. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir well.

8. Stir in 1/2 cup of Kefalotyri cheese; allow cooling for 10 minutes.

9. Stir in the egg and Greek yogurt and set aside.

10. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Don't over-cook because the pasta will later be baked. Drain and set aside.

11. In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta, meat and tomato sauce, and two large scoops of béchamel and mix well making sure to coat all the pasta.  Pour the mixture into a lightly buttered baking dish and dust finely chopped bread crumbs.

12. Spread the remaining béchamel evenly to cover the pasta and sprinkle on the top the 1-2 cups of Kefalotyri cheese

13. Lightly drizzle the remaining butter on the top and bake for 1 hour, until golden brown and bubbly.

14. Set aside for 15-20 minutes and serve hot.

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