Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pasticho


Pasticho and Greek Salad

I've been making this for over 20 years. It is a family favourite. This recipe is a modified version of one of Louis Pappas' Famous Greek Recipes in combination with my mother's and mother-in-law's recipes.  It has now been Christine'd.  :) 

900 grams spaghetti (approx. 2lbs)
3 lbs lean ground beef
6 tbsp butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce  
3 eggs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Bechamel Cream Sauce

1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup flour
5 cups warm milk
4 slightly beaten eggs
1/2 tsp salt

Grated parmesan cheese and bread crumbs to sprinkle on top.

1.  Start preparing the pasta.  Fill a large stock pot with water.  Add salt.  Bring salted water to a rolling boil and slowly add the spaghetti stirring constantly.  Do not overcook.  When done, drain, mix the grated cheese and unbeaten eggs into the pasta and set aside. 

2.  While you are waiting for the water to boil for the pasta, melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onions for about 5 minutes.  Add the ground beef and cook for about 20 minutes to brown, stirring often.  Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, tomato paste, and tomato sauce.  Continue to cook for another 10 minutes stirring often. 

3.  In a large deep baking dish (I use a 15 x 10 x 3 dish)**, spread half the pasta mixture onto the bottom.  Spread the meat mixture on top and then put the rest of the pasta mixture on top of the meat. 

4.  Prepare the bechamel sauce. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, remove from heat and stir in the flour a 1/4 cup at a time, blending until smooth with a whisk. Slowly add the warm milk, stirring all the time. Add the slightly beaten eggs (I usually add the salt to the eggs). Cook over low heat stirring until thick.

5.  Ladle and spread the bechamel sauce evenly on the top layer of spaghetti.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.

6.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes, until custard has set.  If the top is not browned enough, place under broiler for a few minutes watching carefully so as not to burn.

Pasticho
**You can also use two foil pans (I get mine from Costco. They are 12 3/4" x 10 3/8" x 2 1/2") bake one and freeze the other unbaked for later.  To cook the frozen one, bake in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 and bake until heated through (about an hour or so).

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2 comments:

  1. I love this dish. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    The Old Fat Guy

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    1. You are so welcome! We love it toooo! :D

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