Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Bake)

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Ingredients

For the meat sauce

2 pounds ground lamb (or ground beef)

1 cup chopped onions

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, chopped with their liquid

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the bechamel

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 cups whole milk, scalded

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (or Kefalotyri if you can find it)

3 egg yolks

Freshly ground nutmeg

For the pasta

1 pound pasta, such as ziti or penne

3 tablespoons good quality olive oil

3 egg whites (from yolks used in bechamel)

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (or Kefalotyri if you can find it)

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