Doesn't everyone have a favourite food? I don't get when people reply to the question "what's your favourite food?" with the answer that goes like this: "hmmmm....I don't know...I don't have one specific". For me the answer comes naturally. I know what it is. The one and only one. The one that my mother cooked the best. The one that no matter how well other people cook it it will never be like my mom's. It will never have the smell, taste or feeling to it. The one that reminds me special Sundays when my mom would make it. The one that reminds me of childhood and home. It is my favourite food, my comfort food. And it is none other than pastitsio (παστίτσιο). The Greek type of lasagna let's say. Instead of using pasta for lasagna though, we use this thick type of pasta that is long and hollow specifically made for this dish. You can find it in Greek grocery stores but in case you don't, you can always use penne or tortiglioni which is thick and hollow and that's what we used as well. Being far away from Greece we need to improvise. So, layers of pasta with meat sauce, all topped with béchamel sauce and then baked! The result? Pure heaven! All these combined make a messy party in your mouth I'm telling you! Try it and you won't regret it I promise!
Dia, Kostas and Tony
Ingredients for 9 people:
For the béchamel:
for more information on how to make pastistio please click here
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