You could say that Pastitsio is the pasta equivalent of the famous Greek Moussaka. This savory baked pasta pie contains minced beef meat and is also found in the cuisines of Cyprus, Egypt and Malta.
Although it takes some time to cook, Pastitsio (or Παστίτσιο in Greek) is delicious and can be served as a main dish, managing to please everyone.
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Ingredients for 5-6 servings:
– 500g bucatini or other tubular pasta
– 500g minced beef meat
– 1 finely chopped onion
– 2 diced tomatoes
– 200g concentrated tomato juice
– 2 laurel leaves
– salt and pepper
For the bechamel sauce:
– 200g butter
– 200g white flour
– 5 cups (1 liter) milk
– nutmeg, salt
– some (150-250 g) grated cheese
Heat some olive oil over high heat and toss the laurel leaves in, along with the minced meat.
As the meat starts turning brown, add the chopped onion, salt and pepper.
In a couple of minutes, add the diced tomatoes, which will fill the pan with their water.
Bring a pot of salter water to the boil and throw the bucatini in.
Meanwhile, when the tomatoes seem rather disintegrated, add the tomato juice. Lower the heat and cover.
As soon as the bucatini is ready, drain in a colander and lay in a ceramic bowl or Pyrex pan with a lid. Also pour all the sauce with meat on top of the bucatini.
Now, it’s a good time to turn the oven on!
To start with the bechamel, put all the butter in a pot over high heat and stir to melt.
As soon as the butter has melt, start adding a little bit of flour and stirring quickly. Do this consecutively until you have added all the flour.
Immediately add the milk, little by little. Remember that the secret is to keep stirring all the time! Also add salt and pepper.
Add as much nutmeg as you’d like.
Finish by turning the heat off and adding the grated cheese.
Pour and lay the bechamel on top of the sauce-meat layer. A spatula will help you straighten it up.
Put some cheese on top, too. It gives a really mouth-watering look to the bechamel!
Put in the oven and bake at 220°C until the bechamel starts turning brown on the top.
Let it cool down for 5 minutes and serve! That’s a guaranteed culinary success.
Here is a video version of this recipe:
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