Pastitsio (Layered Oven-Baked Pasta) – ΠΑΣΤΙΤΣΙΟ/ΜΑΚΑΡΟΝΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΦΟΥΡΝΟΥ

  1. For the Mince:
  2. 6 tbsp sunflower oil (or olive oil)
  3. 2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups dried soya mince
  6. 1 carrot, grated
  7. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  8. 550 ml tomato juice
  9. 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  10. 2 tsp dried oregano
  11. 1 tsp dried thyme
  12. salt and pepper
  13. For the Béchamel sauce:
  14. 1 litre soy milk
  15. 9 tbsp all purpose flour
  16. 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  17. 4 tbsp vegan cheese, grated
  18. 1 tbsp nutmeg
  19. 1 tsp salt (or more)
  20. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  21. 2 tbsp dry breadcrumbs
  22. For the Pasta:
  23. 500gr pastitsio pasta No2 (thick spaghetti with a hole in the centre that look like straws)
  24. 7 tbsp vegan cheese
  25. 2 tbsp dried spearmint

For the Mince

  • Rinse soya mince with cold water and soak in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain from water and squeeze out with your hand the remaining water.
  • Sauté onions in oil until translucent, add garlic and carrot and cook for a few minutes, be careful not to burn the garlic. Add soya mince, wine, tomato juice and cook until liquids are absorbed. When most of the liquids are absorbed add parsley, oregano and thyme.

For the Béchamel sauce

  • Put flour and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly so that the flour does not stick to the bottom. Cook until it bubbles a bit. When it starts to bubble add nutritional yeast, cheese, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well and remove from heat.

For the Pasta

  • Boil pasta according to instructions on the packet, do not overcook since the pasta will be further cooked in the oven later.
  • Layer 2/3 of the boiled pasta in a baking dish. Sprinkle the pasta with 5 tbsp vegan cheese and 1 1/2 tbsp spearmint. Pour mince mix on top of the pasta. Add as the third layer the rest of the pasta, with 2 tbsp vegan cheese and 1/2 tbsp spearmint. Pour the béchamel sauce on the pasta and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Bake until the pastitsio gets a lightly brown colour, approximately 30 minutes.

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