Nikki’s Perfect Pastitsio




  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup grated(kdukash) Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon(darchini)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • bechamel sauce:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour(meda)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss with butter; add grated Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and cinnamon(darchini); heat through. Spoon over pasta. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
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  4. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Pour over beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
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  7. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes longer or until golden brown.

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