Greek Macaroni and Cheese Baked Pasta Recipe

Greek Macoroni and Cheese Baked Pasta Recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
462 Calories
30g Fat
31g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 462
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 16g
Calcium 316mg 24%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Greek: μακαρόνια ογκρατέν, pronounced mah-kah-ROHN-yah oh-grah-TEN

Macaroni and cheese is a favorite dish with all families, and this oven casserole is the reason why Greeks love it. It's made a bit differently than the familiar "mac n cheese" and it's delicious! If you've been looking for a meatless version of the famous Greek Pastitsio, this is it.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound macaroni pasta (or long ziti)
  • 1 1/4 cup kefalotyri (grated; or pecorino, or regato, or other sharp white cheese)
  • 3 eggs, separated; reserve yolks for a different recipe or use
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk (whole)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (toasted)

Steps to Make It

Make the Sauce

  1. Gather the sauce ingredients.

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  2. Preheat oven to 390 F (200 C). In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.

    melted butter in a saucepan

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  3. Add in the flour a little at a time, as soon as butter starts melting, stirring with a wire whisk or wooden spoon, until smooth and remove from heat.

    butter and flour in a saucepan

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  4. Warm the milk until it gets hot but not boiling, and add slowly to the flour mixture, stirring continuously.

    milk added to the butter and flour mixture in the saucepan

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  5. Put the sauce back on low heat and stir until thickened and smooth, the consistency of cream.

    sauce in a saucepan

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  6. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper, and once it cools, beat the egg yolks and stir them in.

    sauce in a saucepan

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Make the Macaroni

  1. Gather the macaroni ingredients.

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  2. Cook the macaroni in salted water for half the time recommended on the packaging.

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  3. Drain and coat with half the melted butter.

    butter added to the pasta in the bowl

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  4. Beat the egg whites until fluffy and stir into macaroni.

    egg whites added to the the pasta in the bowl

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  5. Add half the grated cheese and toss.

    cheese added to the pasta in the bowl

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  6. Lightly butter (or spray) an oven-proof casserole dish and put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom, sprinkle with a little cheese, add a layer of macaroni, sprinkle with cheese, and add a little sauce.

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  7. Repeat until all macaroni is used, and pour the remaining sauce over the top.

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  8. Sprinkle first with cheese, then breadcrumbs, and top off with remaining butter.

    Greek Macoroni and Cheese Baked Pasta in a baking dish

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  9. Bake for 30 minutes and serve hot.

    Greek Macoroni and Cheese Baked Pasta in a baking dish

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