Pastitsio - Greek Macaroni Pie

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Pastitsio - Greek Macaroni Pie



Layers of ooey gooey macaroni cheese sandwiching a cumin spiced lamb mince.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6servings 30minutes 30minutes
Servings: servings
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C/ 375 F.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the macaroni according to the package instructions, until al dente. About 8 minutes.
  3. Drain the pasta in a colander and pour over plenty of cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saute pan.
  5. Gently saute the onion and garlic for 8-10 minutes, until softened. Add the lamb mince, season well with salt and pepper, and cook until browned all over.
  6. Mix the lamb stock cube with the pasta water to make a lamb stock, and pour into the lamb mixture along with the ground spices, tomato puree and chopped mint.
  7. Simmer, gently, for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is thick.
  8. Heat the butter in a small saucepan until melted and beginning to bubble. Stir in the flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  9. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk and yogurt.
  10. Return to the heat and cook gently for a further five minutes. Remove from the heat again and stir in half of the grated cheddar.
  11. Mix the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce and spoon half of the mixture into the bottom of a medium sized baking dish.
  12. Spoon over the spiced lamb mince and top with the remaining macaroni. Sprinkle with the remaining grated cheddar.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  14. Serve with a side salad!
Recipe Notes

Average calorie content (for those counting!) is approximately 600 if serving six.