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Pastitsio (Baked Macaroni)

Pastitsio recipe

I suppose this could be called the "comfort food" of Greek cooking. Pastitsio uses a béchamel sauce, one of the five mother sauces. My sister and I absolutely love this, and we used to make it all the time when we saw each other more often. But I also eat it at the St. Catherine's Greek Festival every year.

Ingredients

Macaroni

Sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni (but not well done) in boiling, salted water and drain.
  2. Sauté onion in a little butter.
  3. Add ground meat and stir until brown.
  4. Add tomato paste, thinned with a little water.
  5. Add salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until meat is done.
  6. Melt butter; pour over drained macaroni, mixing carefully.
  7. Spread half of the macaroni on the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch pan.
  8. Sprinkle half of the grated cheese on top.
  9. Spread entire meat mixture on top.
  10. Cover with remaining macaroni and remaining grated cheese.
  11. For the Sauce, boil 3 cups of the milk with 1 1/2 sticks butter.
  12. Add flour to remaining 1 cup milk and blend well.
  13. Add flour mixture to boiling butter and milk. Thicken and cool.
  14. After this has cooled, add 5 beaten eggs, or drop small amounts of the milk mixture into the eggs while stirring constantly. Once the egg mixture gets warm to hot, add the remaining milk.
  15. Pour sauce over the macaroni. Shake the pan and insert a knife to penetrate thoroughly.
  16. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes.

Prep time: 25 mins |  Cook time: 55 mins | Yield: 8 to 12 servings

From the kitchen of Kathy Mills, Augusta, Georgia.

From the Family Recipes Collection of Linda Ann Jolly and Lisa Marie Stephens.


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