Greek Meat Sauce & Pasta Pie | Makaronopita Me Kima

Greek Meat Sauce & pasta Pie

  Ingredients List:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 300g penne or #2 spaghetti
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried Greek oregano
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg. puff pastry (1 lb.)
  • Flour for board as needed
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 50g kefalograviera cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400*f/200*c
  2. Bring to a boil a large pot of water for pasta
  3. Brown ground beef in a large saucepan with olive oil
  4. Chop onion and garlic and add to browning beef
  5. Add all the spices and oregano and continue to saute for 3 more minutes
  6. Boil pasta to desired doneness
  7. To saucepan with ground beef add the crushed tomatoes and water stirring well
  8. Simmer for about 10 minutes
  9. On a clean working surface, roll out bottom layer of puff pastry and place on the bottom of 9"x13" baking pan and set aside
  10. In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta and meat sauce stirring well to evenly combine
  11. Crumble in feta and stir once more
  12. Pour mixed pasta into baking pan and spread for even layering
  13. Sprinkle with kefalograviera and place top puff pastry sheet over entire pan
  14. Cut 5-6 slits in the top puff pastry to allow for steam to escape
  15. Tuck excess top puff pastry into the sides of the pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or pastry is golden brown 

 

Notes & Tips:
  • Makes 6-8 portions
  • Allow to stand for at least 20 minutes after baking
  • Substitute listed cheeses for your own
  • Can be made ahead and frozen before and after baking