Pastitsio III

Pastitsio III

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"Traditional Greek pasta dish - excellent!"
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1 h 30 m servings 474 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 474 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 21.8 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.2g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 27.2 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium:
  • 497 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Combine pasta, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup Parmesan and set aside.
  3. To make the meat sauce: Drop the plum tomatoes in boiling water for about 45 seconds. Peel the skin off then seed and chop. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic together in a skillet until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, vinegar, chili powder, allspice, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until thick. You don't want the sauce to be watery.
  4. To make the white sauce: Melt margarine in a saucepan and stir in flour and pepper. Add the milk all at once. Cook and stir until smooth, thick and bubbly. In a bowl, combine about half of the mixture with 1 beaten egg. Return the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining white sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup parmesan.
  5. In a square glass baking dish, add 1/2 the pasta mixture. Next, add all of the meat sauce. Then, the remainder of the pasta and top with all of the white sauce. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, if desired.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving. The white sauce will firm when cooked.


  1. 75 Ratings

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Delicious! My husband loved this recipe. I used extra lean hamburger and skim milk in the white sauce and it didn't taste like I'd used anything low calorie. Very good!!!

Most helpful critical review

I thought the entire dish was good except the white sauce was very bland. This recipe is good enough to keep, but I won't make it with the white sauce again.

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Delicious! My husband loved this recipe. I used extra lean hamburger and skim milk in the white sauce and it didn't taste like I'd used anything low calorie. Very good!!!

Have been using this recipe for years and decided it was time I thank David for publishing and sharing. David, I'm a professional chef/caterer, and there's no better authentic pastitsio than th...

My husband and I loved this! I have made many pastitsio recipes before, but this one is my favorite. I loved the taste of the fresh tomatoes in it. At first I was leary about even trying this...

Wonderful!!! Cant say enough about it. I LOVE pastitsio and cant find it too often outside of Greektown in Chicago. Took me back to Diana's! The spices were just perfect and the way it tasted! W...

It was delicious! My kids loved it - I would probably make extra white sauce though.

This comes pretty close to the pastitsio I used to get at a neighborhood restaurant that closed. I make more sauce than the recipe calls for, but the flavor is very good.

This dish turned out to be very tasty! We had Cat Cora's Pastitsio at her place in Disney World but the recipes I had found were all for too large a number of servings for my family. This looked...

The best pastitsio recipe I've found yet. Tastes incredible!

This is definitely a keeper. I added the spices to taste, and it ended up being about half of each of what the recipe calls for.

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