Pasticcio (Greek pasta bake)

Pasticcio (Greek pasta bake)
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 50 minutes to make and 25 minutes in the oven

Pasticcio is a Greek pasta bake made with lamb mince, tomato sauce and layers of macaroni.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 350g dried macaroni
  • For the topping
  • 150ml Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 50g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 50g feta


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until soft. Increase the heat, add the minced lamb and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until browned. Drain off the fat in a sieve, then return the meat to the pan.
  2. Add the purée and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, then half-fill the can with water and pour into the pan. Add the oregano, season, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat Preheat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. For the topping, mix the yogurt, egg and half the cheeses. Season with pepper.
  3. Cook macaroni in boiling water until al dente. Drain and spoon half into a deep, ovenproof dish. Season. Top with the mince and remaining macaroni. Press down, spoon over yogurt topping and scatter with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.


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  1. I have just made this, and it is delicious. I cooked it in oven for 40 minutes that was the only difference that I made to the recipe. I wil definately be making it again and I found the recipe would feed 6 people .

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