Since the weather has felt a little fall like… even in SoCal, I was trying to decide what to cook yesterday. When I mentioned Pasticchio my son’s eyes lit up… “Your Pasticchio?”… “Yes” I said… “I love your Pasticchio”… so there is was… decision made. When my kids were small and I would say that I was making Pasticchio they would say…"what’s that?” … being Italian they knew what lasagna was so I just would explain it as "Greek Lasagna".
Yesterday, as I was cooking, I started to think about my friend who passed the recipe along and how long ago it was. 1985.… WOW… I have had this same piece of paper with this recipe for 25 years…time does fly…
So here we go…
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook 6 ounces (1-½ cups) elbow macaroni according to the package directions; drain. I usually cook a little extra…
Stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup milk and 1 egg; set aside.
In a skillet, cook 1 lb. ground beef and ½ cup chopped onion until the meat is lightly browned and the onion is tender; drain off excess fat.
Stir in 1 - 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
|I place the above ingredients in a bowl and then use the can from the tomato sauce to hold the grease drippings...|
Layer ½ the macaroni mixture in an 8x8x2 -inch baking dish.
Spoon the meat mixture on top.
Add remaining macaroni mixture.
Meanwhile, melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a saucepan; blend in 3 Tablespoons flour and ¼ teaspoon salt.
Stir in 1-½ cups milk; cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more.
Stir ½ the sauce mixture into 1 egg; return all to the saucepan. Stir in ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
Spread the cream sauce over the macaroni and meat mixture already in the pan.
Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
|Iplace the pan on a baking sheet to catch any spills while baking...|
I usually serve the Pasticchio with a side of applesauce. When I first started to make this recipe I would do each step independently and the prep time was very long. Now I cook the macaroni while the meat is preparing and after those two steps are complete, I cook the cream sauce. Usually the prep time is about 30 to 40 minutes. I like the fact that while the Pasticchio is cooking you can clean up the kitchen and if you have guests over it gives time to visit while dinner is cooking.
I had some home made pie crusts in the freezer. While the Pasticchio was cooking I made an apple pie and that baked while we ate dinner...