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Pastistio Yum
Pastistio is a Greek baked casserole with pasta layered with cinnamon laced tomato sauce, creamy bechamel sauce and cheese. Served with a simple salad it makes for a delicious and filling meal.
Pastistio
Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the Pasta:
  • 8oz. Short cut Pasta like Penne, Ziti, Rigatoni etc.
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
For the Mushroom Bechamel Sauce:
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • To taste Salt Pepper
For the Tomato Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground Oregano
  • 2 cups Tomato puree
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • To taste Salt Pepper
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the Pasta:
  • 8oz. Short cut Pasta like Penne, Ziti, Rigatoni etc.
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
For the Mushroom Bechamel Sauce:
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • To taste Salt Pepper
For the Tomato Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground Oregano
  • 2 cups Tomato puree
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • To taste Salt Pepper
Pastistio
Instructions
Make the Tomato Sauce:
  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan; add the onions and garlic cloves, cook for 4~5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the tomato puree, ground cinnamon, ground oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well and simmer the sauce for 20~30 minutes or until thick and fragrant.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Make the Mushroom Bechamel Sauce:
  1. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a pan; add the mushrooms and saute until golden. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan, sprinkle the flour and cook till the mixture turns light brown.
  3. Stir in the milk while whisking continuously. Cook till the sauce thickens slightly.
  4. Stir in 1½cups of grated cheese and cook on low flame till melted. Add ground nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add the cooked mushrooms and mix well.
Cook Pasta:
  1. Cook pasta 2 minutes short of package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Assemble Pastistio:
  1. Spoon some tomato sauce in the bottom of a 8″ baking pan (or 4 individual baking pans). Add half of the pasta over it. Top with half of the tomato sauce and half of the mushroom bechamel. Repeat with the remaining pasta, tomato sauce and mushroom sauce.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining ½cup of cheese on top. Bake for 25~35 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden.
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