Pastitsio is baked pasta dish that is a staple in most Greek households. This time saving recipe is made with premium minced beef, penne pasta, mushrooms and finished with a cheese and yogurt topping.

40 Minutes. A new family favourite.

Serves 2.


350g premium beef mince
1 brown onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme
100g mushrooms
1 tin chopped tomatoes
250 grams penne pasta
150ml natural Greek yoghurt
50g cheddar cheese

Preheat oven and cook pasta
Preheat oven to 200ºc on fan bake. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Cook pasta for 8 minutes, drain and set aside. 

Prepare vegetables and topping
Finely dice the onion. Crush the garlic. Thinly slice the mushrooms. In a bowl, combine yoghurt, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.

Cook filling
Bring a fry pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Sauté the onion for 3 - 4 minutes. Add the mince, garlic and all the spices. Brown the mince, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the mushrooms, tinned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a simmer for 5 minutes.

Make pastitsio
Combine the pasta with the sauce. Spoon into an oiled baking dish. Spread a thin layer of the yoghurt and cheese mixture over the top. Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.

To serve
Spoon onto plates and serve immediately.

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October 19, 2016 by Timothy Ryder
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