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Pastisio with Bechamel Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Posted by Jennifer Driscoll on

Pastisio is a Greek dish layered with meat, pasta, and topped with a white sauce.

Me? I am a huge pasta lover! I love pasta so much that I can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My husband thinks I am crazy but I find it comforting.

So, if you are up for a little comport food you must try this layered Mediterranean dish.


1 pound dry ziti pasta
4 tablespoons InfuseMe  EVOO
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
sea salt and pepper to taste
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

To Make Meat Sauce
2 tablespoons InfuseMe EVOO
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground lamb
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

To make the béchamel
1/2 cup InfuseMe EVOO
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and allow to cool slightly. Whisk 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with eggs, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt. Pour over ziti and set aside.

To make meat sauce heat olive olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until soft and transclucent. Increase heat and add ground beef and lamb and cook until the meat browns. Add the tomatoes, wine, broth, parsley, oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

To make the béchamel , heat the olive oil in saucepan and stir in flour.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Pour in milk all at once and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil gently for 1 minute. Add the nutmeg, salt, pepper and cool slightly before stirring in beaten egg.

Transfer 1/2 cup of the bechamel to the meat sauce. To assemble pastitsio, grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with one tablespoon EVOO. Spoon half of the prepared ziti evenly in the bottom and top with meat sauce. Top that with remaining ziti. Pour on the remaining béchamel sauce and spread to completely cover ziti. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Serves 8

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