Pastitsio

Recipe by Barbara Heller
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READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Melt 1 oz of butter in large skillet and saute onion til soft and transparent. Add the meat, cook until browned.
  • Mix tomato paste with wine and add to meat. Continue cooking, adding nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
  • Cook about 15 minutes, take off heat, cool and mix in half the breadcrumbs and half the grated cheese. Set aside. Do not allow meat to "bulk", keep it separated.
  • Cook the macaroni in boiling water with oil til soft. Drain and set aside. Make crema: melt butter, add flour, cook briefly stirring constantly.
  • Gradually add milk stirring constantly until it starts to boil and thickens slightly.
  • Add seasonings.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs.
  • Add about 1 cup of the hot sauce to the eggs, stirring constantly.
  • Add the egg mixture back into the saucepan, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup cheese. To Assemble: Grease a baking dish (LIKE A LASAGNA PAN) and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs.
  • Spread half the cooked pasta over the bottom of the dish and sprinkle it with 1/4 cup reserved cheese. Spread all of the meat over the pasta.
  • Pour half the sauce over the meat and spread the rest of the pasta over it. Sprinkle it with 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Pour the rest of the sauce on top and smooth with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and breadcrumbs and bake in the preheated oven 50-60 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
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