Hearty Oven Dish

Written for The Great Blogger’s Bake-Off 2020 hosted by CARAMEL (LEARNER AT LOVE).
This is my favorite dish!
It is a Greek-style casserole called Pastitsio that is layered with pasta, spiced meat and parmesan-flavored custard.
It is a four-layer dish with the macaroni mixture making up the bottom layer and layer three.
Layer two is made of spiced meat and it is topped with a parmesan cheese sauce.

Pasta Cheese Ingredients
6 ounces Ditalini Pasta (1-1/2 cups) – elbow macaroni may be used as a substitute
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk

Spiced Meat Ingredients
1-pound ground lamb or ground beef
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Custard Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Pasta Cheese Directions
Cook macaroni in a large amount of boiling salted water about 10 minutes or just till tender; drain. Combine cooked macaroni, 1 beaten egg, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup milk; set aside.

Spiced Meat Directions
In a skillet cook ground lamb or ground beef till meat is browned; drain off fat.

Stir in tomato sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; set aside.

Custard Sauce Directions
For sauce, in saucepan melt butter or margarine; stir in flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add the 11/2 cups milk all at once; cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.
Remove from heat.
Stir about half of the hot mixture into 1 beaten egg; return to remaining hot mixture in saucepan.
Stir in the 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.

Finishing Directions
Place half of the macaroni mixture in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. – Bottom layer
Spoon the meat mixture on top. – Layer two
Add the remaining macaroni mixture. – Layer three
Spread the sauce over all. – Top layer
Bake, uncovered, in 350℉ oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.

31 thoughts on “Hearty Oven Dish

      1. Ah………..the ‘custard’ is probably the equivalent of my cheese sauce then, though when I cut it, it doesn’t stay in a nice tidy slice but oozes over the plate. Usually tastes good though

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  1. Jim!!!! I heard you were a legend in the kitchen!!!
    I am going to prepare a BAKE-OFF post for you to make sure you are on the BAKE-OFF PICNIC parade next weekend!!
    Thank you so much for all of your support!!! ❤
    We are so excited about next weekend…it is looking really spectacular.

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  2. Thanks Jim I’ll save it. It looks great.

    Jim I’m still working on my posts for tomorrow so I’ll have to pass this weekend. I’ll do it soon.

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    1. Here are the upcoming prompts for you to look over.
      July 19, 2020 – Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic
      July 26, 2020 – Different/Same
      August 2, 2020 – Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure
      August 9, 2020 – A song with a harmonica
      August 16, 2020 – Clear/Dark/Light
      August 23, 2020 – Above/Below/Between
      August 30, 2020 – Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked
      September 6, 2020 – Musical/Opera
      September 13, 2020 – Contrasts – lyrics that include stuff like black and white, loud vs. silent, wet vs. dry, or hot vs. cold
      September 20, 2020 – Canadian music
      Dave said that he would join in for Canadian music.

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