You must be logged in to post a review.
After years of relying on Greek restaurants for our fix of delicious Pastitsio, I finally learned how to make it myself!
Make the meat sauce by adding the olive oil, onion and garlic to a large saute pan and cooking on low heat until translucent. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula or wooden spoon, and cook until browned. Then add the tomato sauce, wine, thyme, oregano and cinnamon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook on low heat for approximately 15 minutes. Add the cooked and drained pasta and stir to combine.
While the beef mixture is cooking, make the bechamel sauce in a separate large pan. Over low heat melt the butter then add the garlic. Cook for a minute on low heat, making sure the garlic does not brown. Then add the flour and whisk together to combine. Add the milk and continue whisking, on medium low heat, until the mixture begins to thicken (about 10 minutes). Whisk in the Parmesan cheese and season to taste. Set aside to cool.
When the bechamel has cooled, stir in the yogurt and eggs. Note that if your bechamel is still a little warm, temper the eggs first by placing them in a small bowl, adding a small amount of bechamel and whisking until combined. Then add the eggs to the large pan of bechamel.
Assemble the dish by placing the beef/pasta mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and pouring the bechamel over it. Bake in a 350 F oven for approximately 45 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.
Adapted from Simply Gourmet blog and The Barefoot Contessa.
My kids really like this recipe because they say It taste just like pizza. Besides getting rave reviews at home, this was another popular side we used to have on the TaylorMade Menu in the cafe. This is a lovely way to use stale bread or when you have fresh farmers market tomatoes. You can use any kind you like; I have made this recipe with all kinds—red, yellow and orange tomatoes, grape tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, etc.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!