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Pastitsio I

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"Handed down by my mother in law. A family favorite."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion, until meat is brown. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, tomato sauce and cinnamon and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Dump in flour, all at once, and stir until a smooth roux is formed. Pour in 2 1/2 cups milk, a little at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and 1/4 cup Parmesan; bring to a boil, and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together eggs and 1 cup milk. Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place half the cooked macaroni in the baking dish and top with all of the beef mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup grated Parmesan over the meat. Place the remaining macaroni over the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the macaroni. Cover all with the white sauce.
  6. In a medium bowl, stir together bread cubes and melted butter, until bread is well coated. Place bread cubes evenly over macaroni.
  7. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 07, 2007

This is almost the same recipe that has been in my family for decades! Our recipe didn't call for bread cubes, however. As someone already mentioned, it IS an acquired taste, but our family added our own little "fixin's" for pizazz. I like mozzarella cheese on top. My mother enjoyed paprika on hers. My father liked black and green olives on his.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 12, 2003

I did not like this recipe very much at all. It messed up my whole kitchen with all the bowls and saucepans. Did not like the cinnamon at all, seemed too much. Kids would not eat it. Very disappointed.

Aug 12, 2003

This was a lot of work for a very dry, bland dish. There was not enough white sauce or egg mixture to thoroughly cover the noodles. More meat would have helped, too.

Sep 27, 2006

This is the same recipe that I have and believe me, it is time consuming, but well worth it. Unfortunately it is an acquired taste, and if you expect mac and cheese you will be dissappointed. OUr family enjoys this at special times of the year and it is something EVERYONE requests! I find that if you use an electric mixer when you are thickening the crema (cheese sauce) it works better.

Oct 22, 2009

This had no taste to it. It was very dry and bland. I wish I would have read through the reviews before I made it. I could not find my recipe from my friend so I tried this one. There was not enough seasoning or sauce; the bread ended up absorbing the sauce.

Jan 09, 2008

This recipe would have gotten four stars if it didn't take so long for what it turned out to be. Reheated was better then straight out of the oven.


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  • Calories
  • 847 kcal
  • 42%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 77.7 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 427 mg
  • 142%
  • Fat
  • 41.7 g
  • 64%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 38.4 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 1065 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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