My Pastitsio

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Meat Base: Saute onion with ground beef, breaking meat up as you go, until meat is almost done.
  • Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add garlic, cumin and flour, stir together well, and saute a minute or two more.
  • Add remaining meat base ingredients and simmer gently, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off heat and cover.
  • Pasta: Cook pasta until al dente in an ample quantity of salted water to which a bit of vegetable oil has been added (helps keep strands from sticking together).
  • Drain well.
  • Custard Topping: Melt butter in saucepan and mix in the flour.
  • Let it bubble a minute or two or until you can smell a slightly nutty flavor, but do not let it brown.
  • Gradually add most of the milk, whisking.
  • Let it cook about 10 minutes, stirring, until well thickened, then remove from heat.
  • Mix the nutmeg, salt and pepper into the grated cheese.
  • Add the eggs to the remaining milk in your measuring cup and whisk.
  • Whisk the egg and milk mixture into the sauce, then whisk the cheese mixture into the sauce also.
  • Assembly: Layer 1/2 of the pasta in the bottom of your baking pan.
  • Then add all of the meat sauce, removing the bay leaf and any stems from the marjoram.
  • Top with remaining pasta, then pour the custard sauce over all.
  • If everything is still hot when you assemble it, bake at 400 degrees Farenheit for about 35 minutes.
  • If merely warm, or if using a glass or ceramic pan instead of a metal one, bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees Farenheit.
  • Top should be slightly golden, edges slightly brown.
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