Greek Pastitsio

Greek Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna

Greek Pastitsio is a baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and béchamel sauce. This was my first time making pastitsio but it won’t be my last.


Actually it has been on my bucket list for years after going to a Greek Easter party where they served it.

It is really delicious and quite easy to put together. Cinnamon and nutmeg are traditionally used in authentic Greek pastitsio but can be omitted if desired.

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Greek Pastitsio
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

Greek Pastitsio is a delicious lasagna type dish done with a Greek flair!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Pastitsio
Servings: 6
Calories: 395 kcal
  • 8 ounces bucatini pasta or 8 ounces ziti pasta
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint flakes optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook macaroni; drain, and return to pan.

  2. Stir in the melted butter, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup milk, and the egg; set aside.

  3. In a skillet or large saucepan, cook ground beef and onion until meat loses its pinkness and onion is soft; drain excess fat.

  4. Stir in tomato sauce, the 1 teaspoon salt, mint flakes (if used), cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper; set aside.

  5. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then mix in flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Slowly stir in the 2 cups milk, stirring well after each addition so that no lumps form.

  6. Cook and stir on medium-high until the cream sauce starts to thicken; stir for one minute more, then remove from heat.

  7. Beat egg in a small bowl, then pour into cream sauce, stirring briskly. Blend in the 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.

  8. Layer half the pasta mixture in an 11" x 7" (or 2 quart) baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture evenly on top, then the remaining pasta.

  9. Pour cream sauce over top, to cover completely.

  10. Bake, uncovered, at 350F for about 40 minutes, or until hot and lightly browned.

  11. Let stand for 10 minutes.



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