Just like an Italian lasagne, a pastitsio has all the elements of a delicious meal: pasta, meat and LOTS of cheese! However, it’s the spices that make this dish stand out from the rest. Just cooking the lean ground beef in the pan with the intoxicating aromas of cinnamon, allspice, and oregano was enough to make my head spin!
Pastitsio is the ULTIMATE Greek comfort food – up there with the likes of moussaka, gyros and souvlaki! This recipe is suitable for six people (or three people with BIG appetites!) – so get the family and friends together, grab some raki and cherish time spent with one another!
Our Cooking Class Experience
Ben and I learned this delicious recipe for pastitsio in our Greek cooking class with Marilena of CookinAthens! Instead of cooking the traditional moussaka, we chose this recipe to create instead as it was something Ben and I had never tried before! Even though it was new and different, we knew that it would be a good one as soon as we smelt the meat sauce sizzling in the pan. Plus, let’s be honest – you can’t really go wrong with meat, carbs, and cheese now can you?
There are a range of substitutions that can easily be made to make this dish suitable for a variety of diets! Swap the ground beef for a meat-free mince substitute (e.g. Quorn) for vegetarians, and try your hand at a simple vegan bechamel sauce from This Savoury Vegan as a substitution for regular bechamel!
This is a truly comforting dish that can bring the family together, so it is fantastic if you can make it all-inclusive and I look forward to hearing your substitutions and additions!
I really hope you enjoy this hearty recipe for a true Greek classic!