Lamb & aubergine pastitsio

Lamb & aubergine pastitsio

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins

Easy

Serves 6
This cheesy, Greek inspired one-pot stretches out lamb mince with lots of veggies and filling pasta - perfect for cooking on a budget

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal750
  • fat31g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre9g
  • protein36g
  • salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 300g frozen lamb mince
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 1 large aubergine, cut into small cubes
    Aubergine

    Aubergine

    oh-ber-geen

    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 1 lamb or beef stock cube
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 400g macaroni

For the bechamel sauce

  • 1l semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 85g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 85g plain flour
  • 75g Parmesan, plus extra for the top
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onions and cook until softened, then add the garlic and stir around the pan for 1 min more. Scoop the onions to one side of the pan, add the lamb and cook until browned. Pour off any excess oil from the pan.

  2. Add the spices and oregano, then tip in the aubergine. Fry for another 5 mins until the aubergine has softened a little, then crumble in the stock cube and add the tomatoes, along with half a can of water. Season, cover the pan and simmer for 30 mins.

  3. Uncover the lamb mince and continue to simmer until the sauce is thick and clinging to the meat – about 15 mins. Meanwhile, make the béchamel sauce. Warm the milk in a large pan with the bay leaves. Melt the butter in another large pan, stir in the flour to make a paste, then add the warm milk, ladle by ladle, stirring well between each addition, until you have a thick, smooth sauce. Season well and add the Parmesan. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions, then drain.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the mince into a large baking dish. Mix the macaroni into the cheesy sauce and pour this over the lamb. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Can now be frozen, defrost before cooking. Bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown and crispy on top. Leave to cool for 5 mins before serving.

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Comments (3)

heidiwoodham's picture

This is delicious. I made a cheese sauce instead of a bechamel sauce and the finished product was a great success. I'm sure this will become a favourite, only to be made when I have a couple of hours free though.

annrosenthal's picture
5

First cooked this in August this year and thought it was terrific but wondered about its provinence. Anyway, have just by chance returned from holiday in rural Cyprus & discovered whilst there that it is a classic Cypriot dish, and this recipe is very authentic.

ksjackson's picture

I made this with vege mince. It was absolutely delicious, enjoyed by veggies and meat eaters alike.

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