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Pastitsio is the Greek version of lasagne. A really delicious and juicy dish for pasta lovers.



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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Pasta
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 500 g tube pasta

Bechamel sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat flour
  • 3 dl whole milk

Meat sauce

  • 500 g ground beef
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 dl tomato paste
  • 10 green olives
  • 5 tbsp dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 dl meat stock
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  • Take pasta in 2 parts (for layering at the end) and bring to brisk boil in salted water. The pasta should remain very crispy.
  • Chop the onions and olives as finely as you can. Put a large pan on the stove, add the olive oil and onions. Start to gently sear.
  • Take the meat to a chopping board and chop with a large knife. When the onion starts to turn yellow, add the meat to the pan.
  • When the meat starts to colour, season the sauce with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Swirl for a moment and add the olives, oregano, meat broth and tomato paste. Cover and leave to simmer gently.

Make the béchamel sauce like this:

  • Heat a saucepan and melt the butter. Heat and add the butter, sprinkle in the flour and start whisking in the milk. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  • Heat the oven to 210C. Choose a suitable baking tray. Cut the garlic cloves in half and pull the cloves against the surface of the pan. Leave the cloves in the pan. This will give the dish a wonderful garlic flavour.
  • Once the pasta is boiling, carefully strain the water out. Combine the tube pasta and the béchamel sauce in a saucepan. Stir well.
  • Place half of the pasta in the bottom of the pan. Then make a layer of the meat sauce and pour the rest of the pasta on top. Carefully level the pasta.
  • Bake the pastitsio in the oven for 30 minutes until the surface is slightly coloured.
  • Let the pasta rest on the table for a while and enjoy.
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Last Updated on May 21, 2022 by Flavorado

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