Pastitsio

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Ingredients

The bechamel:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

8 cups whole milk, warmed

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

The meat:

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil

3 small white onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 pounds ground beef chuck

1/2 cup Italian tomato paste

1 tablespoon honey

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano, crumbled

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 pound macaroni pastitsio No. 2 or No. 3 (can substitute penne or ziti)

The custard sauce:

Bechamel mixture (see above)

1 egg

2 egg yolks

3/4 cup grated kefalotyri, pecorino or Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Sea salt, to taste

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