It’s just such a fun word to say, isn’t it? Pastitsio, pastitsio, pastitsio! It could be a swear word, if you said it the right way, or a word of blessing, a toast… I might start using it as an all purpose word, like Smurf.


In any case, it’s also rather yummy and here, my friends, is the recipe, adapted from the one in my most recent fun read, The Recipe Club.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook 1 lb ziti according to package & drain. Toss the pasta with 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 tbsp butter, and some pepper. Let cool slightly and then stir in 3 eggs, lightly beaten.

In a skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter and cook 1 chopped onion and 6 pressed cloves of garlic till soft. Add 1 1/2 lbs ground beef and cook, stirring, till well browned. Add 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch each of salt, pepper, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes. Cover & simmer 15 minutes.

In another pot, melt 3/4 cup butter and add 3/4 cup flour. Stir together and then pour in 3 cups milk. Bring to a boil and cook one minute. Stir in 1/4 tsp nutmeg and some salt and pepper. Let cool slightly and then stir in one lightly beaten egg.

Pour half the ziti mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Cover with meat sauce, then the rest of the ziti. Spread the cream sauce over the top and then douse liberally with parmesan cheese. Bake 50 minutes, till golden brown. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.


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