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Pastitsio
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3.92 from 12 votes

Greek Pastitsio With The Easiest, 5-Minute To Make Cream

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time16 mins
Keyword: cheese, Dinner, Oven baked, pasta, Pork
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 1011kcal

Ingredients

For The Sauce:

  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 500 grams ground pork
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 40 ml red wine
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 small tomato grated
  • 5-6 pieces of cloves
  • 5-6 pieces allspice
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 dried bay leaf

For The Cream:

  • 500 grams milk
  • 400 grams light cream 15% fat
  • 200 grams milk
  • 100 grams flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 grams Greek Kefalotyri or Romano cheese grated -plus some extra for adding on top
  • ground nutmeg

For The Pasta:

  • 350 grams Macaroni for Pastitsio
  • 50 grams Greek Kefalotyri or Romano cheese grated

Instructions

For The Sauce:

  • Heat olive oil in a cooking pot over high heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add the ground meat. Using a wooden spatula break the meat apart. Cook until all meat juices evaporate completely.
  • Pour in the wine and wait until it evaporates also.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, grated tomato, cloves, allspice, bay leaf and cinnamon.
  • Pour in enough water to cover the meat copletely. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickens. Takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile make the cream.

For The Cream:

  • In a small mixing bowl add the 100 out of the 200 grams milk. Whisk together with the flour to form a thick paste. Whisk in the remaining 100 grams of milk and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized cooking pot add the 500 grams of milk along with the 400 grams of cream. Heat over medium-high heat.
  • Once it gets to a boiling point (before it starts to boil) pour in the flour mixture. Cook until cream thickens while whisking constantly.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
  • Whisk in the eggs and the grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg.

For The Pasta:

  • Cut pasta in half and boil according to package instructions.
  • Transfer pasta into a strainer and cool under cold running water. Let drain well.

Put Together:

  • Preheat oven to 220°C / 428°F.
  • In a 15x10 inch / 38x25 cm baking dish add ⅔ of the pasta. Sprinkle some cheese on top.
  • Spread evenly the sauce on top (if your sauce isn't thick enough, use a skimmer to do it). Sprinkle the remaining cheese(for the pasta) on top.
  • Top with the remaining pasta.
  • Add the cream evenly on top. Add a generous coating of grated cheese on top of the cream.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes. Or until cream looks firm enough, with a nice golden crust on top.
  • Let Pastitsio set for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 1011kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 994mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g