My Mum’s Pastitsio


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 800gm tinned diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 150gm mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gravy, prepared as per packet instructions
  • Pepper to taste
  • 500gm pasta, cooked as per packet instructions
  • 80gm butter
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese,
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese for topping
  • 3 cups milk
  • Paprika to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 180’C and lightly grease a deep 25x35cm baking dish.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté onion, carrot and capsicum for 2 minutes. Add mince and garlic and brown for 3 – 5 minutes breaking up lumps. Add mushrooms. Stir in tomatoes and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes. Stir in gravy and season with pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta as per packet directions and set aside.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk until smooth. Return to heat and cook until mixture come to the boil and thickens. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in yolks and cheese.
  5. Combine sauce with pasta and top over meat mixture.
  6. Top with cheese and garnish with paprika.
  7. Bake in oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.




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