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Savory Pastichio

Pastichio is a deep oven baked pasta classic Greek dish. This dish is layered with tubular pasta and or any other long pasta you can find in your local supermarket. The meat mixture is basically made from half beef, half veal with tomato sauce and grated cheese as a topping.  It is a bit time consuming but if you make the mince meat sauce the previous day, and keep it over night in the refrigerator than the process is quicker. It is topped with homemade Becamel sauce and grated cheese.  Pastichio is a main course dish, served at Sunday family gatherings,  with salad and a nice glass of wine.

 


Portions: 6


1 large sauce pan for boiling pasta

2 smaller sauce pans for meat sauce  and Bechamel sauce

1 baking pan

Ingredients:

500 grams of  beef and veal

 1      teaspoon of butter

1       tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

2       hand full  of grated cheese (preferably not too salty)

500  grams of pasta (turbular)

1        medium onion

1        small glass of white dry wine

250   grams of  fresh peeled tomatoes or  2 tablespoons tomato paste

nutmeg  (optional)

1        cinnamon stick

2        eggs

Parsley  (optional)

Grated Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Water


 

Bechamel sauce

6    glasses of milk

3 – 5 tablespoons of butter

14 tablespoons of flour

Salt, nutmeg

2  whipped eggs

4-5  tablespoons of grated bread crumbs

1 handfull of grated cheese

Preperation:

To start off our Pastichio, the first thing we need to do make is our mince meat sauce.   We start  by chopping the onion into small pieces, our fresh tomatoes into small square pieces.  We add olive oil just enough to cover the bottom part of the sauce pan and add the onion , stir until the color has turned golden brown.  Add your beef/veal into the sauce pan, or skillet and stir, add all the ingredients mentioned  (except for the eggs, and grated bread crumbs) and stir.  Add just enough water so that it does not completely cover the mixture and leave it to boil.  Don’t forget to stir 🙂 

Tip:  If your going to use tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes, then add your tomato paste into one half glass of water.  Stir until  the paste has dissolved and then add it to your sauce

We take our sauce pan,  add 2 teaspoons of Salt and just a dash of oil and boil the pasta.  Strain and set aside for later.

Take your buttered baking pan, and sprinkle and handful of grated cheese into it. Once that is done, add your pasta and spread it all around the pan, add the 2  whipped eggs and mix it together until the eggs have combined  into the pasta.   Top it with a bit more grated cheese, and then add your meat mixture and spread it over the pasta.  Set aside

Tip:  Adding the eggs holds the pasta together.

In a sauce pan add all the ingredients for the Bechamel sauce except for the flour.  We stir  and bring it to a light boil, start to add the flout one tablespoon at a time and continue to stir, so that it does not become one big mass.  Once the sauce has thicken take it of the stove and pour it slowly onto your meat mixture, starting from one end of the pan to the other.  Repeat the process until you have covered the meat sauce.

Top it with grated cheese, and  bread crumbs and its ready pop into the oven.  Baking time is about one hour. 

Tip:  I like to add an additional whipped egg onto my Bechamel sauce, before i sprinkle on the grated cheese and breadcrumbs.  This gives it a darker finish.

 

Hope you enjoy making this dish!!  🙂

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See you soon with another traditional Greek recipe!!

 

 

 

 

Comments (5)

  • Claudia 2 years ago Reply

    I really have to try this one. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

  • dtills 2 years ago Reply

    HI, this looks great! I have never heard of this dish before, thanks for sharing it and thanks for stopping by my blog and checking it out!

    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply

    Hi, thank you!!! It’s a traditional Greek Dish. I am very new at WordPress, so while searching for other blogs, I came across yours and I truly enjoy it!!! 🙂 Thank you!!!

    dtills 2 years ago

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

    foodzesty 2 years ago

    hahhahahha thanks for having me!!!!

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