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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: EatingWell.com, October 2019


Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

1 1/3 cups
407 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 48g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 11g; fat 14g; saturated fat 6g; calcium 291mg; potassium 358mg; sodium 457mg.