Spice Market Pastitsio

Spice Market Pastitsio

Prep Time: 0

Yield: 6

Some call this dish (pronounced pah-STEET-see-o) "the Greek lasagna." Kasseri, a firm Greek cheese, lends a pungent, nutty taste; if it's unavailable, Parmesan can fill the role.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried corkscrew pasta (3 cups)
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb or lean ground beef
  • 1 14-ounce jar spaghetti sauce with onion and garlic (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 1.8-ounce envelope white sauce mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. In a medium skillet cook lamb or beef until meat is no longer pink. Drain off fat. In a medium mixing bowl combine cooked meat, spaghetti sauce, cinnamon, and fennel seed. Set aside.

    2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine white sauce mix and milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Gradually stir half of the sauce into eggs; return all to saucepan. Stir in feta cheese and nutmeg.

    3. To assemble, layer half of the pasta in a lightly greased 2-quart square baking dish. Spread meat mixture over pasta; top with remaining pasta. Evenly spread the white sauce mixture on top. Sprinkle with kasseri or Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F. oven about 35 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes. To serve, cut into squares. Garnish servings with olives and fresh marjoram, if desired.
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