Beef Pastitsio


This Greek-inspired casserole uses ground beef in place of lamb.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins


Meat Layer:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 pounds lean ground beef

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons ground allspice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Macaroni Layer:

  • 1 pound uncooked macaroni

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup butter, melted

Cream Sauce Layer:

  • 4 large eggs, well beaten

  • ¾ cup half-and-half

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ground nutmeg to taste


  1. Prepare the meat layer: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef and cook until crumbly and no longer pink. Pour in water and tomato paste. Season with allspice, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, adjust salt to taste, then refrigerate until cold. Once cold, remove any congealed fat, thoroughly mix with eggs, and set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Prepare the macaroni layer: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Mix macaroni with eggs until well coated.

  4. Evenly spread 1/2 of the macaroni mixture into a 11x14x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the grated Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 1/2 of the melted butter. Spread the meat mixture overtop, then finish with remaining macaroni. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and melted butter.

  5. Make the cream sauce: Mix together eggs with half-and-half. Whisk in Parmesan cheese, flour, and salt until well blended.

  6. Pour the cream mixture evenly over top of the pastitsio and sprinkle with nutmeg.

  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top has turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
23g Fat
28g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 180mg 60%
Sodium 690mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 467mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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