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October 22, 2012

Pastitsio Cannelloni

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna

I have always ordered cannelloni from restaurants. I had the idea that there is a lot of work involved with filling the pasta tubes, especially making Pastitsio Cannelloni (which is sometimes called Greek Lasagna) but it is so easy !

I fill the cannelloni tubes in the oven dish, using a teaspoon and it takes only minutes to fill all of them. A drop of the meat mixture here and there, but everything gets covered in the sooo creamy, delicious cheese sauce, it does not matter.

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna

Fill the tube, and simply drop it next to the previous filled pasta tube.

And I will never order from a restaurant again. Since I made this and found it is so easy and much tastier, I will continue to make it myself. Homemade is after all always better, fresher and you know exactly what is in your food.

Hubby fell in love with this dish the very fist time I made it ! He was still eating, when he wanted to know when I'll make it again. He is not a fussy eater, but to get him so overjoyed with a meal, is a huge accomplishment.

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna

This Pastitsio Cannelloni is now a regular dinner on our monthly menu and what I love about this particular pasta, is that I always have the ingredients on hand. It is also the perfect all season pasta - add vegetables on the side during chilly weather or add a salad or two during Summer. We prefer salads, whether it is Winter or Summer as we are huge salad lovers.

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna

If for any reason you do not have, or use Swiss Cheese, use White Cheddar instead, the dish is still delicious.

Pastitsio Cannelloni

4 - 6 Servings


3 TB Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
500 g Lean Ground Beef ( just over 1 pound )
1 t Ground Cinnamon
1 t Paprika
1 can (410g) Chopped Tomatoes
3/4 cup Dry White Wine
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped ( about a handful )
2 Extra-Large Eggs, beaten

6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk
Salt and Pepper, to taste
3 cups Swiss Cheese, grated ( divided ) ( Emmental Cheese )
1 t Lemon Juice

15 Cannelloni tubes


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a large oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) Saute the Onion in the Olive Oil until soft - add the Ground Beef - stir fry until the meat is brown - add the Cinnamon, Paprika, Tomatoes and Dry White Wine - simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with Salt and Black Pepper. Put aside to cool.
3.) ***Do this step either on a stove plate or the micro wave***Melt the Butter, add the Flour and mix until a paste has formed - add the Milk slowly and keep scraping and mixing the sides and bottom - simmer until you have a thick sauce - remove from heat and add 2 cups of the Swiss Cheese as well as the Lemon Juice. Season with Salt and Pepper. Put aside to cool.
4.) As soon as the meat mixture has cooled, add the Parsley and the Eggs - stir well to combine.
5.) Pour just enough of the White sauce into the oven dish, to cover the bottom - Start filling the Cannelloni tubes, using a spoon - place the filled tubes next to each other on top of the layer of White sauce in the oven dish.
6.) Pour the remaining White sauce over the Cannelloni, and top with the remaining Swiss Cheese - bake 35 - 40 minutes or until lightly browned and the pasta tubes are cooked.

Serve with sides of your choice and enjoy!

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna


Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni a.k.a. Greek Lasagna


  1. Brian would love this! I always thought it would be hard to fill those tubes .... I had to Google "Emmental Cheese" .... It's Swiss cheese for any Americans who want to know! Pinned this - This may be our Christmas Eve dinner this year (I always make lasagna .... but may change my mind to this!)

  2. Hi Linda,
    This looks so good. One of my favorite dishes was Pastitsio. I am going to need to save this for when I get home.
    Have a great day.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  3. Wow! yummy! please be sure to link this delicious entree up over at the recipe link up at katies language cafe! I'd be so honored if you did! ~~Katie

  4. New fan here from Cowgirl Up. This looks great~ I would LOVE for you to come share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest: Hope to see you soon! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

  5. Yum this looks delicious. My recipe has improved from frozen spinach and ricotto, to trying a beef and pork mix similar to yours. So tasty and delicious. I also find the fresh pasta instead of the instant pasta is tastier too. Definately no more ordering pasta out for me either :) Hope your having a fab night x

  6. Yum, I love cannelloni! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  7. Those looks so delicious! I've always loved cannelloni too and would have thought it was really tough to make. Tks for opening my eyes ;)

  8. I have never had, let alone made canneloni before. Your recipe looks good, so I'll have to try it out!
    Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

  9. Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks for sharing this on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again soon!

  11. I bet I could do these. I am pinning maybe I will get brave and try them:) They look so good:)

  12. They look unbelievably delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza!
    Come back today and vote for your favorite and maybe get a spot on my Wall of Fame!
    Here is the link:

  13. Oh, this looks so delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share again this week.

  14. I totally sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

    Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop:)

    Hope you week is filled with Blessings!

  15. Linda - thanks for linking this one in to Food on Friday. Hope you have a lovely weekend. It is grey and rainy here...sigh


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