Pastitsio
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Serves: 4
 
This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly

Extra Easy - ½ HEa per serving
Green - ½ HEa per serving
WW Smart Points - 11
Ingredients
  • 450g (1lb) of extra lean beef mince (or vegetarian meat substitute or lentils)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup (240ml) of passata
  • 1 cup (240ml) of beef or vegetable sock
  • 400g (14oz) tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of sumac (optional)
  • 300g (10.5oz) of Mezzani Zagliati pasta or other pasta tubes of choice (can use gluten free pasta)
  • 4 eggs
  • 90g (3oz) of Parmesan (3xHEa’s)
  • salt and black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • Spray oil
  • 2 cups (480 ml) of fat free cottage cheese
Method
  1. Spray a skillet over a medium high heat with some spray oil. Add the onion and garlic and fry to soften.
  2. Add the beef mince and break up large lumps with the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Once browned, add the tomato paste, splash of balsamic vinegar, oregano, sumac, cinnamon and a little salt and black pepper and stir to evenly coat.
  4. Add in the passata, beef stock and chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer until sauce reduces down and thickens (approx 20 mins)
  5. Preheat oven to 200c or 400f (gas mark 6)
  6. In the meantime add the pasta to a saucepan of boiling hot water and cook until al dente. Drain thoroughly, then add to a large bowl and mix in 2 eggs and 1 HEa serving of Parmesan.
  7. In a separate bowl, add the cottage cheese, pinch of nutmeg, some salt and black pepper, the other 2 eggs and use a hand blender to blend until smooth. (or you can add it all to a conventional blender)
  8. Now you can start to make up the pastitsio. Using a square deep oven dish, add a layer of half the pasta mix, then top with the meat sauce, then the other half of the pasta and then top with the rest of the meat mixture.
  9. Pour over the top the cottage cheese mix and spread out evenly over the top with a spatula.
  10. Top with the remaining 2 HEa servings of parmesan and place in the oven and bake for approx. 30mins. Pastitsio should be a light golden colour on top.
  11. Serve with a salad or your choice of side vegetables.
  12. Enjoy!!
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 474.8 Fat: 11.3g Saturated fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 48.6 Sugar: 5.2g Sodium: 810mg Fibre: 2g Protein: 43.9g Cholesterol: 182.7
Recipe by Slimming Eats - Weight Watchers and Slimming World Recipes at http://www.slimmingeats.com/blog/pastitsio