Herbed Skillet Pastitsio


This sped-up version of the traditional Greek pastitsio uses purchased Alfredo sauce versus a homemade bechamel and a skillet instead of a casserole dish so dinner gets on the table fast.

Herbed Skillet Pastitsio
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or lamb

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 3 clove garlic, minced

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 15 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 8 ounce dried ziti pasta

  • 1 ½ cup purchased alfredo sauce

  • Chopped fresh oregano


  1. In a large ovenproof skillet cook beef, onion, and garlic on medium-high 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is browned. Drain off fat. Season with ¼ tsp. kosher salt and ¼ tsp. ground black pepper.

  2. Stir in tomato sauce, l¼ cups wafer, the oregano, and cinnamon. Bring to boiling. Stir in ziti. Return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until ziti is tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. Preheat broiler. Once pasta is tender, spread Alfredo sauce evenly over top of mixture. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat 4 to 5 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and starts to brown, rotating skillet as needed for even browning. Top with additional oregano. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

579 Calories
22g Fat
63g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 579
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 905mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 9.9mg 50%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 5.5mg 31%
Potassium 863mg 18%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 158.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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