I absolutely love Greek food and Pastitsio is pronounced (pah-STEET-see-oh). Plenty of people think that this is an Italian food since it requires pasta, this fact is what took me by surprise. This recipe is very succulent and I highly recommend this, and it can be doubled easily.
Makes 8 servings
1 lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (5 oz) container freshly grated Romano cheese, divided
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 (16 oz) box ziti, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until beef is browned and crumbly, stirring occassionally; drain well. Return beef to skillet; stir in salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste and 1 can of water, using the can from the tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in half of Romano cheese and cinnamon.; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook for 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Whisk in milk and remaining Romano cheese, continuing to whisk constantly, until blended and smooth.
Spread pasta on bottom of prepared dish; top with meat mixture. Spread Romano cheese mixture over beef mixture. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned, sprinkling with Parmesan cheese the last 5 minutes of cooking.
I obtained this recipe from Paula Deen’s Best Dishes Cook Book, Enjoy!