Pastitsio is a classic Greek casserole made with layers of long, thick tubular pasta, ground lamb or beef seasoned with tomato and cinnamon and grated cheese. The crowning layer is a thick topping of bechamel sauce, a rich custardy white sauce.
Try using kasseri in place of the Parmesan in this casserole. Kasseri is a Greek cheese made from sheep's or goat's milk. It is one of the ingredients in the traditional, brandy-flamed Greek recipe, saganaki. Kaseri has a sharp, fill flavor and hard texture that makes it perfect for grating and adding to pasta recipes.
Serve this flavorful pasta dish with a traditional Greek salad made with tomato, cucumber and onion tossed with kalamata olives and feta cheese. Dress the salad with olive oil and red wine vinaigrette, and top it with a generous sprinkling of crushed dried oregano.