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Recipe for Pastichio – Greek Style Baked Macaroni With Ground Beef

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Pastichio, is a Greek and Mediterranean baked pasta dish including ground beef and béchamel sauce. The typical Greek version has a bottom layer that is some kind of tubular pasta, a middle layer of ground beef or veal with tomato, another layer of pasta, and a top layer of sauce and cheese that bakes up crispy. It is held together with cheese and egg. Some Greek people like to refer to it as Greek lasagna.

Baked Macaroni with Ground Beef Recipe Ingredients:

The Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small, finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2-3 peeled or diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb. can tomatoes
  • 1 egg whites

The Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 4 hot cups Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated (or Parmesan) Kefalotiri Cheese
  • 2 and 2 egg yolks Eggs
  • 1 lb. Macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup grated (or Parmesan) Kefalotiri Cheese

Instructions on How to Make Macaroni With Ground Beef – Pastisio :

For the filling:
Heat the butter in a large frying pan and sauté the ground beef and onion until slightly browned. Add remaining ingredients, except egg white, cover and cook over a medium heat; allow to cool and add egg whites.

To make the sauce:
Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan, add the flour and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the milk all at once, and stir until the sauce is smooth. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese, eggs and egg yolks.

Cook the macaroni in salted boiling water until soft but firm. Drain and return to the pan. Add the butter.

Butter a baking pan and put in half the macaroni. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with the meat filling. Top with remaining macaroni. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with the sauce. Sprinkle top with the rest of the cheese and cook in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Leave for 20 minutes then cut into square pieces and serve.

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This post was written by GreekBoston.com