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Greek Pastichio Recipe
Vegetarian Pastichio - Pastitsio
I married into a large Greek family, and while my immediate family are vegetarians, my extended family are omnivores and much like the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, my in-laws love serving large, traditional feasts for every occasion, large or small.
I do my best to create vegetarian versions of traditional Greek recipes and they are always a big hit, especially with my husband. One of my favorite vegetarian Greek recipes, is Pastichio, which is a type of Greek lasagna, made with layers of Ziti or Elbow macaroni, rather than Lasagna noodles. My family loves this dish, and I hope you love it, too.
Image: Vegetarian Pastichio, Â© Julianne Gentile
Pastichio is a type of Greek Lasagna that my husband's family serves for special occasions. Since we are vegetarians, I make a meatless variety. This recipe includes dairy products, but can easily be made with vegan substitutes and would be just as yummy. This is a quick and easy twist on lasagna, and the kids love it!
For Vegans: replace the cheese with Daiya or other vegan cheese, select a vegan faux meat like Gimme Lean, replace the milk with unflavored soy milk or cashew cream, and finally replace the eggs with Ener-G or other vegan egg replacer. It's just as yummy!
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: a house full of people
- 1 pound box of Ziti
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Cups Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 Cup Grated Parmesano Reggiano Cheese
- 1/2 Small Chopped Onion
- 2 -3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
- 1 20 ounce can Worthington Burger
- 12 Ounce Tomato Sauce
- 8 Ounce Shredded Cheddar
- 8 Ounce Shredded Mozzarella
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Pastichio is usually seasoned with cinnamon rather than garlic and paprika. I prefer the garlic/paprika combo, but I urge you to experiment and see what ingredients you prefer.
- Cook pasta until al dente, drain
- Prepare a large casserole or baking dish
- Heat butter and olive oil and add flour to form a roux
- Cook the roux to remove the flour taste, but do not burn
- Beat eggs and milk together an stir slowly into pan
- Stir in the Parmesan cheese
- Stir until there are no lumps
- Place a layer of pasta in your baking dish
- Pour half of the sauce over the pasta and press firmly into pan
- Top with shredded cheeses
- Mix the faux meat, chopped onion, and tomato sauce and layer over the macaroni
- Press firmly into pan
- Follow with a final layer of macaroni and the rest of the sauce
- Cover with the shredded cheeses
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until topping is bubbly.
Pastichio or Pastitsio?
How do you spell this dish? I've seen a variety of different spellings for this dish, but the two most common seem to be Pastichio or Pastitsio. I'm curious what spelling you use, if you are familiar with this dish.
How do you spell it?