Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pastitsio and Bechamel Sauce (Eggless)

The best way to describe Pastitsio to those who have never heard of it is to say it's a gourmet Greek lasagna.  It's made with layers of ground meat, noodles, cheese and sauce,  but what makes it different from lasagna is the  final thick layer of béchamel sauce and the type of pasta noodle within.  

Pastitsio is always a pleaser in my home.  Although this recipe makes several portions, leftovers are usually consumed quickly.  

This is not a vegetarian meal, but it is eggless, which means my daughter with egg allergies is also able to enjoy this meal.  

No. 5 Noodles (or largest spaghetti type noodle)
1 large onion
2 lbs Ground Veal (or extra lean Beef)
Fresh Parsley (Optional) for taste
Greek Oregano for taste
Salt & Pepper for taste
Tomato Sauce
Cheese (Gruyere or Swiss Emmenthal)
Grated Pecorino Cheese

2 to 3 Tbsp butter
2 heaping Tbsp Flour
Heavy Cream


  1. I saw Ina Garten make this recently, think she used lamb. I copied the recipe because I thought it looked so good....and unusual.
    Great job. My mouth is watering even at this early hour!

    1. Actually, ground lamb is how it should be made, but beef or veal will work too.

  2. Looks yummy! Such dishes are filling and very delicious.

  3. Going to have to save this one as a treat when I am off my diet wow this looks sensational!

  4. Oh this looks wonderful…I’ve made Pastitsio before and really enjoy it! A wonderful company dish!

  5. Looks great!

    I'm a huge pastitso fan, can't wait to try this :D

  6. WOW, it looks really nice, I love it :D great job

  7. Yum! This looks delicious!
    Did I ever tell you you have the cutest Logo?
    Thanks for the nomination and I nominated you back for the One Lovely Award. :)

  8. Great recipe Ellen! Can't wait to try this :D
    Have a fab Sunday!

  9. Looks really good! Great recipes!

  10. What a fabulous recipe, Ellen! The sauce sounds perfect! :)

  11. Looks wonderful. I need to try to find those noodles again. My first attempt failed here.

  12. This is the third time in a week I have seen and heard of Pastitsio in blogs, TV, and a magazine. I had no idea what it is till now...Glad I found out. Looks like I would eat it right up. Yummy!

  13. I love love love Pastitsio, anything with melted cheese is good for me!

  14. i never heard of pastitsio, thanks for showing pictures of the noodles. the bechamel sauce sounds marvellous to this noodles!