Ground beef, feta cheese, and tomatoes are blended with macaroni, then baked in a rich white sauce. This is a wonderful change from traditional Italian lasagna.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni noodles, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until beef is evenly browned. Remove from heat, and drain grease. Stir in the tomatoes, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and cinnamon. Mix in pasta, and transfer to a large baking dish.

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the milk and cornstarch until no lumps remain. Add butter, and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat, and pour the sauce over the mixture in the baking dish.

  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

601.5 calories; 31.8 g protein; 65 g carbohydrates; 90.7 mg cholesterol; 567.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
This is called "pastisio" in Greek, and the only recommendation I can add is to double the cinnamon and perhaps use Romano instead of parmesan (stronger flavour). Greek comfort food, my mom's is my favourite food in the world! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/23/2003
I was hoping that this would be a simpler version of the real Greek lasagna, pastitso, but it wasn't. As it is, it's rather a bland mess. I had to alter it substantially to get something we were happy eating. First up, you need a flavourful sauce as a sturdy base for the pasta. After browning the meat and onions, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and extra seasonings of oregano, garlic, and parsley (a splash of red wine is not only traditional but delicious), and allow to simmer until slightly reduced and flavourful. Only then should you add the pasta and cheeses. The white sauce is also very weak: thin-looking and thin-tasting. It needs to be made with all purpose flour, and it also needs seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg. I give my own variation five stars, but the original is only two. Sorry! Read More
(47)
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 2 stars
10/23/2003
I was hoping that this would be a simpler version of the real Greek lasagna, pastitso, but it wasn't. As it is, it's rather a bland mess. I had to alter it substantially to get something we were happy eating. First up, you need a flavourful sauce as a sturdy base for the pasta. After browning the meat and onions, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and extra seasonings of oregano, garlic, and parsley (a splash of red wine is not only traditional but delicious), and allow to simmer until slightly reduced and flavourful. Only then should you add the pasta and cheeses. The white sauce is also very weak: thin-looking and thin-tasting. It needs to be made with all purpose flour, and it also needs seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg. I give my own variation five stars, but the original is only two. Sorry! Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
This is called "pastisio" in Greek, and the only recommendation I can add is to double the cinnamon and perhaps use Romano instead of parmesan (stronger flavour). Greek comfort food, my mom's is my favourite food in the world! Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2003
I followed the suggestions of other reviews and halved the amount of pasta doubled the feta cheese and cooked it in layers. Thank you everyone! It turned out great. I used flavored feta cheese and added spices typical of other Greek recipes I have (since I couldn't find a Greek spice at the store) and it was very flavorful. I layered it pasta first then the feta cheese then beef tomatoes and finally Parmesan. I added a clove of garlic to the beef and onion during cooking. This is also where I added 2 t. chili powder 2 t. ground cumin and 1/4 t. ground red pepper along with the 2 t. cinnamon. I drained the tomatoes of their juice and added 3 T. of lime juice to them. My whole family loved it and I will most definitely make it again...soon. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2004
I found this recipe to have a very pleasant taste but is probably not something I would make again. It's better the second day I think. Essentially this dish takes four pans -- one to cook the meat one to boil the pasta one to prepare the white sauce and one to bake. It's not as quick and easy as it sounds. If you already have cooked ground beef in your freezer or some cooked pasta ready I'd probably recommend this recipe. It's filling and pairs nicely with salad. It's just a little bland. I did use only half of the pasta I added some grated cheese to the top. I do wish I had layered it as the noodles on the top got unpleasantly crispy. If you have to make the whole thing from scratch I don't think it's quite worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2009
It is a 5 with changes. I had two 5 oz. packages of feta (one was lowfat with Mediterranean seasoning) and ground beef. I looked for a recipe and this is the one that struck me. I loved the idea. I used 1 lb. of cooked penne 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes a 26 1/2 oz. can of tomato sauce 1 large clove of garlic sauteed with the onion salt and pepper but no parmesan no cinnamon. I added one package of feta to the sauce. I combined the beef sauce and pasta in the casserole. For the white sauce I used the same amount of butter 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of flour and 4 cups of milk seasoned with salt and peper. I put 1/2 container of lowfat feta in this sauce and poured it over the pasta mixture. I sprinkled the rest of the feta on the top. I baked it for 25 minutes. My husband rated it a five. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2009
This is an amazing recipe!!! Everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2003
I had to cut the onion and sub tomato sauce for chopped tomatoes (picky kids) but each one ate two big bowls of this great dish!--and they hate everything. I also added Greek seasoning while cooking the beef (available in spices--usually near cajun seasoning). I didn't tell them it was lasagne because then they would look for layers but just called it Greek Hamburger Helper since they love HH. I would make this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/14/2005
Waaaay to much macaroni in this recipe. It might be good if the proportions were right. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2010
This is not a good recipe. Trust me and just make regular lasagne. Read More
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