Greek Beef and Eggplant Pastitsio

When we think of Pastitsio, we think of Greek lasagna.
Cals 823 · Prot 51 · Carbs 57 · Fat 44
Low-Carb
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60 min
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When we think of Pastitsio, we think of Greek lasagna.
Cals 823 · Prot 51 · Carbs 57 · Fat 44
Low-Carb
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Ingredients
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Meat sauce
Lean beef mince
350 Grams
Eggplant
2 Piece
Olive oil
2 Tbsp
Salt
1 Tsp
Red onion
1 Piece
Garlic cloves
3 Piece
Tomato paste
50 Grams
Peeled plum tomatoes
400 Grams
Water
150 ML
Dried bay leaves
2 Piece
Dried thyme
2 Grams
Cinnamon stick
1 Piece
Black pepper
0.5 Tsp
Bechamel
Salted butter
20 Grams
Plain flour
20 Grams
Whole milk
200 ML
Salt
0.5 Tsp
For topping
Parmesan
30 Grams
Feta cheese
50 Grams
Baby spinach
40 Grams

Tips for fussy eaters

Reserve some of the meat mix and bechamel sauce and prepare a pasta bake for them. Use penne or fusilli.

Pro tip

Make sure the pan is hot before adding the beef. Otherwise it will stew, not crisp!

Before you start

Please wash your hands and rinse all fresh fruits and vegetables prior to cooking.

Instructions

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1 Roast eggplant

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan. Slice the eggplant into thin disks and place them on a lined baking tray (use two trays, if you're cooking for 3 or 4). Drizzle or brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 20-25 min until browned.
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2 Fry

Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion and garlic. Heat a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Once hot, add the beefonion and a pinch of salt. Break the meat up as you go with a spatula. Fry for 5 min with a pinch of salt. Add the garlic and cook for 2 min further. 
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3 Fry meat

Add the tomato paste and plum tomatoes along with all their juices, the measured waterthymebay leavescinnamon stick and black pepper to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 15 min (or longer, time permitting). Finally, remove the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Check the seasoning. 
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4 Simmer

Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan or saucepan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the butter and flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min or until a sandy paste has formed. Gradually whisk in the milk and simmer for 3-5 min or until the sauce has thickened. Season with a pinch of salt.
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5 Bake

Layer the roasted eggplants and the beef sauce in a baking dish. Pour the bechamel over the top. Grate the Parmesan and crumble the feta over the top. Bake in the oven for 15 min or until nicely browned. 
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6 Bake

Let the pastitsio cool for 5 min before slicing it. Serve the baby spinach alongside.

Tips for fussy eaters

Reserve some of the meat mix and bechamel sauce and prepare a pasta bake for them. Use penne or fusilli.

Pro tip

Make sure the pan is hot before adding the beef. Otherwise it will stew, not crisp!

Allergens

May contain the following items and their products: crustaceans, peanuts, soybeans, cree nuts, sesame seeds, fish, eggs, milk, gluten, celery, mustard, sulphur dioxide and sulphites.

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