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Pastitsio Cannelloni

Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni also know as Greek Lasagna, is comfort food at it’s best

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

We 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.

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

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.

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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.

Also have a peek at our Cheesy Beef Cannelloni recipe !

5 from 1 vote
Pastitsio Cannelloni
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Creamy, cheesy, family favorite Pastitsio Cannelloni also know as Greek Lasagna, is comfort food at it's best
Course: Main Course
Author: Linda Nortje
Ingredients
  • 3 TB Olive Oil
  • 1 large Onion finely chopped
  • 450 g Lean Ground Beef ( 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
  • 1/2 cup Parsley chopped
  • 2 Extra-Large Eggs beaten
SAUCE:
  • 6 TB Butter
  • 6 TB Flour
  • 3 cups Milk
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups Swiss Cheese divided, ( Emmentaler Cheese )
  • 1 t Lemon Juice
  • 15 tubes Cannelloni Pasta
Instructions
  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. As soon as the meat mixture has cooled, add the Parsley and the Eggs – stir well to combine
SAUCE:
  1. Do this step either on a stove plate or the microwave oven - 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

TO FINISH:
  1. 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
  2. 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!

LINDA

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

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Great recipe. I couldn’t find cannelloni so used manicotti (which I would definitely recommend boiling first). I would also add a little ricotta and more of the spices. Maybe some spinach. Very yummy reminds me of the dish at molyvos in nyc - yum

Carole

Friday 16th of November 2012

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

Kathy Moody

Wednesday 7th of November 2012

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.

HungryLittleGirl

Sunday 4th of November 2012

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: http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/october-31st-2012.html

Slice of Southern

Saturday 3rd of November 2012

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

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