Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pasticho II (Quicker Version)

Pasticho II with Greek Salad
You will need:

1 900 gram package of Fusilli Pasta (approx. 2 lbs)

1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese 
3 Eggs

4 cups of Meat Sauce (that you have made previously and frozen for later use)
Prepared Meat Sauce
Bechamel Sauce (this is enough for two foil pans or one large pan)
1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup flour
5 cups warm milk
4 slightly beaten eggs
1/2 tsp salt
Bechamel Sauce

Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs to sprinkle over top the Bechamel Sauce

2 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.**  

OR

1 large deep baking dish (I use a 15 x 10 x 3 dish).



Directions:

Fill a large stock pot with water.  Add salt.  Bring salted water to a rolling boil and slowly add the fusilli stirring constantly.  Do not overcook.  In another pot, heat up your meat sauce. When the pasta is done, drain, mix the grated cheese and unbeaten eggs into the pasta.  Then add in the meat sauce. Mix gently.  If using two pans, divide the mixture evenly and level it out.  (If using one large pan pour the whole mixture into the pan.)
Fusilli mixed with Parmesan Cheese, Eggs, and Meat Sauce
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. Ladle and spread the bechamel sauce evenly on the top of the pasta mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.
Bechamel sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs
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.
Baked Pasticho
I'm digging in!

**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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