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Greek lamb & macaroni bake

Greek lamb & macaroni bake

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

Easy

Serves 6

A cross between moussaka and macaroni cheese, this thrifty Mediterranean pasta bake makes for a hearty meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal548
  • fat21g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein33g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 large onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lean lamb mince
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 beef or lamb stock cube
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

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

  • 400g macaroni
  • 250g tub ricotta
    Ricotta

    Ricotta

    ree-cot-a

    Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…

  • 50g parmesan, grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

  • 50ml milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • garlic bread, to serve (optional)
    Garlic

    Garlic

    gar-lik

    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then tip in the lamb mince, turn up the heat and brown, breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon.

  2. Once the lamb is browned, add the cinnamon, crumbled stock cube, tomatoes and oregano. Stir well and simmer for 15 mins, covered, then for 15 mins, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened and the tomatoes have cooked down.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following pack instructions. Drain well. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

  4. Mix together the ricotta, most of the Parmesan and the milk with plenty of seasoning, and stir into the macaroni. Tip the mince into a large baking dish, top with the macaroni mixture, and scatter over the remaining Parmesan. Bake for 30 mins until golden and bubbling. Serve hot with garlic bread, if you like.

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teresaheffer
24th Nov, 2014
Lovely easy supper dish. I've been cooking the pastitsio from the October 1997 Good Food for years but this is more straightforward for a work day. I did add a few mushrooms as I had some to use up, but this quantity is probably enough for 5 or 6 portions.
ncrossby
10th Sep, 2014
Great recipe. Slightly altered the lamb mix as I was debating whether to cook this or Jamie Olivers Lamb Pastilas (which are amazing). So added a bit of that to this. I added 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1tsp of turmeric to onions when frying. Also threw in a few sultana's. Also did half the pasta but kept a whole tub of ricotta. I have to say the whole thing was delicious!! a real surprise as I'm not overly keen on macaroni cheese, but this makes it so tasty, but very light. Much better than the normal claggy one :-)
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marmiteetponpon
23rd Apr, 2014
check this delicious and easy to prepare four chese pasta recipe at marmite et ponpon http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/04/23/ooey-gooey-goodness-mac-n-cheese/
cjsansom
8th Jan, 2014
Very disappointed. Had high hopes of a pastitisio-type dish, simplified, but didn't like the ricotta topping (I do like ricotta so that's not the issue). The lamb lacked depth of flavour. Think I will stick to a traditional recipe next time.
chickenofpie
3rd Jan, 2014
Delicious! Halved the mince and macaroni for 2 of us. Still made a good sized dish full probably enough for 3/4 but we managed to eat the lot as it was so tasty! Easy to make, not much mess or fuss. Will make again soon.
sharangoose
25th Feb, 2015
Hi chickenofpie Did you keep all other quantities the same? Thanks
marlboro1
14th Nov, 2013
Enjoyed this a nice easy midweek meal, very filling and tasty too would serve 6 easily. Thanks
debbielee77
21st Oct, 2013
Absolutely delish. Although I did make a few alterations - used cream cheese instead of ricotta and cheddar instead of parmesan. Both my other half and my little boy loved it. Definitely will be a regular in our household from now on.
jeanius
2nd Oct, 2013
Mixed feelings for us with this one. Hubby said "nice", adult son loved it and had seconds. Me - I love my macaroni cheese and my shepherds pie separately and found this nice enough but won't rush to cook it again.
bluejay
26th Sep, 2013
Pastitsio is one of my very favourite Greek dishes and I will definitely give this version a try at home

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