Greek Lasagna Recipe

Greek Lasagna Recipe
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Greek lasagna, also known as pastitsio, is made up of a meat filling, a creamy white sauce, and pasta layered and baked in a pan until golden brown. 

6
Servings
551
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 Pound ground lamb or ground beef
  • 1/2 Cup red wine
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 Cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 Cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

While pasta is cooking, brown meat in heavy skillet. Drain some of the fat out and add the wine. Cook until reduced by half. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Stir in the cinnamon, tomato sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley. 

In a separate saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and simmer over low heat until thickened, but not boiling. Remove from heat and stir in beaten egg yolks. If sauce still needs to thicken, return to heat and cook over very low heat while continuing to stir. Season with salt and pepper.

In a buttered two-quart casserole dish, add half of the pasta, top with the meat mixture, and then add the rest of the pasta. Pour the whtie sauce over the top and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. 

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
28g
40%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
130mg
43%
Carbohydrate, by difference
28g
22%
Protein
42g
91%
Vitamin A, RAE
134µg
19%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
15mg
20%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
82µg
91%
Calcium, Ca
392mg
39%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
17µg
1%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
80mg
25%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
571mg
82%
Selenium, Se
24µg
44%
Sodium, Na
657mg
44%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
256g
9%
Zinc, Zn
9mg
100%

Greek Lasagna Shopping Tip

Stock up on good quality extra-virgin olive oil, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red wine vinegar, oregano, and lemons – these ingredients are central to Greek cuisine

Greek Lasagna Cooking Tip

Simplicity is the secret to Greek cuisine, so paying attention to details such as marinating, seasoning well, and using only the freshest ingredients is key.

Greek Lasagna Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cream-based sauces; pinot gris/grigio, albariño, or other fresh white wines (for instance, soave, Italian sauvignon, or grillo) with seafood pasta; nebbiolo, dolcetto, or barbera with most non-seafood pasta.