Total Time
1 hr 50 min
30 min
1 hr 20 min
We lightened up this traditional Greek dish by using extra-lean ground beef instead of lamb. And for a rich sauce with minimal fat, we used evaporated skim milk.


cooking spray

1 spray(s)

uncooked lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

canned tomato sauce

8 oz

red wine

2 fl oz, dry

ground cinnamon

1½ tsp

uncooked whole wheat pasta

8 oz, such as penne


1 large, lightly beaten

fat free evaporated milk

¾ cup(s)

salted butter

1 Tbsp, or margarine

all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper


fat free evaporated milk

1½ cup(s)


1 large, lightly beaten

egg white(s)

2 large, lightly beaten

shredded parmesan cheese

½ cup(s), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Coat a 9- X 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. To make meat sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion, stirring frequently, until meat is brown and onion is tender, about 10 minutes; drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, wine and cinnamon. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Combine 1 beaten egg, 3/4 cup of evaporated milk and cooked pasta in a large bowl; toss to combine and set aside.
  4. To make cream sauce, melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk; cook, stirring, until thickened and slightly bubbly, about 5 to 8 minutes. Very gradually stir 1 beaten egg and egg whites into hot milk mixture (be careful not to ‘scramble’ eggs); set aside.
  5. Layer half of pasta mixture in prepared dish; spread with meat sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese. Top with remaining pasta mixture; pour cream sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes more or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.


See what other users think of this recipe, and give us your feedback, too. Go to the Pastitsio thread on our Recipe Review Board.

A happier, healthier you starts here