10 September, 2015
I looooove Greek food! But, I don’t really know how to make many Greek dishes. That’s why I was delighted when I came across this Quick Pastitsio recipe from Cooking Light. I mean, a lot of mediterranean food is good for you, but pastitsio is not one of those dishes. If you have never had pastitsio, think of a Greek lasagna…meat, noodles and tomatoes covered in a béchamel sauce and topped with cheese. So you can see why I was excited to find a light version!
This recipe uses sirloin for the meat, as it is less fat than most hamburger. After you fry that up, you sauté onion and garlic then add the sirloin back to the pan. You then add the ingredients for the “béchamel” which is flour, milk and cream cheese. Bring this to a boil and add some canned diced tomatoes (I always use fire roasted for this dish). After you add the pasta (I use mini penne), you pour it all into a baking dish and top with mozzarella. Place it under the broiler until the cheese melts and you are done!! Hence the name QUICK pastitsio…super easy, super quick.
NOW, there is one ingredient that Cooking Light has left out of this recipe that all pastitsio has…cinnamon. I add a dash of cinnamon into the milk/cream cheese/tomato sauce. Trust me, it will not make your sauce sweet. You only need a dash, maybe 1/4 teaspoon, but it makes all the difference!!
By the way, this dish is under 500 calories! It is only 431 calories for 1 1/3 cup serving.