Pastitsio – lamb and pasta Greek style

Comfort food extraordinaire and easy to make



There are endless variations of pastitsio(Greek) and pasticcio (Italian). The hallmark ingredients are layers of noodles of some sort, ground lamb spiced with cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, and tomato sauce, all surrounded by a lightly cheesy custard. The word “pastitsio” apparently is akin to hodgepodge, pot-pourri, pastiche, or fragments.

The lighter variant of this recipe was kindly provided to me by my friend Sandy Shaffer at our annual Christmas Trail Band concert at the Ginger Rogers Theatre in nearby Medford. The moral of the story? You never know when or where a great recipe is going to come your way.

Bon appétit!