Pastitsio is a classic Greek baked pasta dish made with ground beef and bechamel. Our version has all the flavors and the comforting feel of the classic, but is made in one skillet (less cleanup!) and is healthier for you, using whole-grain pasta, lean meat and low-fat dairy. Source:, October 2019

Karen Rankin


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a high-sided 12-inch skillet over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add beef, garlic, oregano, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook, stirring often, until meat is browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add milk, stock and tomatoes and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add cream cheese and Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted. Let mixture come to a low boil.

  • Stir in uncooked pasta, ensuring all pasta is submerged. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until pasta is just tender, 9 to 11 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover and remove from heat. Let stand until mozzarella melts, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; total fat 14g 22% DV; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol -1mg; sodium 457mg 18% DV; potassium 358mg 10% DV; carbohydrates 48g 15% DV; fiber 6g 24% DV; sugar 11g; protein 28g 56% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg; folate -1mcg; calcium 291mg; iron -1mg; magnesium -1mg; thiamin -1mg.

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Super easy! It could do without the nutmeg and cinnamon - some in my family said it tasted pumpkiny. I liked it though! Instead of cooking the noodles on the stove I finished it off at 300 in the oven for 15 minutes. Read More