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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.

Karen Rankin
Source: EatingWell.com, October 2019

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Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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; protein 28g; carbohydrates 48g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 11g; fat 14g; saturated fat 6g; calcium 291mg; potassium 358mg; sodium 457mg.
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Reviews (2)

2 Ratings
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2019
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
Rating: 2 stars
01/26/2021
If you remove the meat and pasta this would be a good cheese dip, but it is clearly is not pastitsio. Pastitsio has ground lamb (naturally lean) not beef, and it includes Greek-style yogurt (can be low fat) as well as kefalotyri cheese (or manchego as a substitute). Pastitsio does not employ milk, cream cheese, flour, or mozzarella. Prepared as the recipe was wrtten, this dish was extremely rich and heavy. Also, if the beef/cheese mixture is simmering on medium heat (presumably to keep the cheese from burning), the dried pasta will take much longer than 9-11 minutes to become tender. Read More