Foodie Friday: The whole family will love the tasty flavours of this yummy Pastitso. With pasta, meat and cheesy sauce, you can’t go wrong!

Prep: 0:15 Mins
Cook: 1:35 Hr and Mins
Serves: 6


  • 300g maccheroni pasta
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 11/2 cups (185g) kefalograviera cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/3 cup (35g) dried breadcrumbs



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (60g) tomato paste
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) dry red wine



  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1 litre milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup (125g) kefalograviera cheese, coarsely grated
  • 3 egg yolks



Step 1
Preheat oven to 180C. For meat sauce, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and 11/2 teaspoons salt and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 minutes. Add spices, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, wine and black pepper to taste. Combine well. Simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Set aside. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain. Return pasta to pan, then turn off heat. Add eggs and 3/4 cheese to hot pasta and toss quickly to combine.

Step 2
For bechamel, melt butter in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Return pan to heat and cook, whisking continuously, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly, then whisk in egg yolks.

Step 3
To assemble, grease a 23 x 29cm (4-litre capacity) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle 1/2 the breadcrumbs over base. Top with pasta mixture then meat sauce. Pour over bechamel. Scatter with remaining breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake for 1 hour or until top is set and golden. Stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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