Stovetop Pastitsio-Inspired Fusilli
with Greek-Style 'Bechamel' Sauce
Inspired by the classic Greek layered pasta dish, pastitsio, this stovetop version takes a fraction of the time to put together! Our Turkish Spice Blend lends this dish warm notes to give it those Greek flavours we expect from traditional pastitsio!
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Beef Broth Concentrate
Turkish Spice Blend
Feta Cheese, crumbled
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Before starting, wash and dry all produce. Add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, roughly chop parsley. Peel, then cut onion into 1/4-inch pieces. Add fusilli to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 9-11 min. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water (dbl for 4 ppl), then drain and return fusilli to the same pot, off heat.
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1/2 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened slightly, 1-2 min. Add beef. Cook, breaking up beef into smaller pieces, until no pink remains, 4-5 min.** Carefully drain and discard excess fat. Season with Turkish Spice Blend, garlic salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30 sec.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add crushed tomatoes, broth concentrate and 1/2 tsp sugar (dbl for 4 ppl) to the pan with beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, 4-6 min.
Meanwhile, add cream cheese, 3 tbsp milk and 3 tbsp feta (dbl both for 4 ppl) to a small pot. Heat over medium. Cook, whisking often, until sauce is mostly smooth and warmed through, 2-3 min. Add 1 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl), then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk until butter melts. Remove the pot from heat.
Add meat sauce to the pot with fusilli. Return the pot to medium-high, then bring to a simmer.Once simmering, add spinach, reserved pasta water, half the parsley and 1 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl). Cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts and sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 min. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Divide fusilli between plates. Spoon 'bechamel' sauce over top, then sprinkle with remaining parsley and remaining feta.