Stove Top Pastitsio

This stove top Pastitsio is a simple and light version

of the very traditional Greek pasta dish.

Stove Top Pastitsio made with Greek Yogurt

“All in good time”, “Good things come to those who wait”, “Patience is a virtue”,  “There will be no wine before it’s time”, wait that last one is just plain silly!  There’s ALWAYS time for wine”!!  But those previous sayings always get me while I am  anxiously waiting for my absolute favorite Greek dinner!  I love, love, love pastitsio!!  And my mom seriously makes the best Pastitsio!

If you are unfamiliar with this classic Greek pasta dish, then I must enlighten you.  The components of this mouth-watering dish is pasta, combined with a hearty, cinnamon infused meat sauce that has simmered for just under an hour.  The pasta  is then cooled because over top of it will be poured a rich, creamy, egg based bechamel sauce that will rise after an hour in the oven.  This dish is heavenly!  Don’t be fooled by the pillowy top.  It is NOT a light dish.  But that can be said for a slew of  delectable dishes!   When you eat them, you enjoy them and forget about calories and fat!

Stove Top Pastitsio with Greek Yogurt

The fat and calories are not the reason I avoid serving my family  this traditional delight.  It’s just that I don’t have the time, the patience, or the stamina to conjure up this sort of dinner.  However, I’m not the sort to deprive my family of a deliciously savory meal.   So I created my own, quick, easy and light stove top version of this Greek pasta dish.  The meat sauce comes together quickly while the pasta is boiling.  The egg-laden white sauce is omitted and replaced with a bit of heavy cream and plain Greek yogurt.  All the flavors of my traditional Pastitsio in a fraction of the time and with minimal effort!

Stove Top Pastitsio with Greek Yogurt


I think this Pastitsio would make my mom  proud.   I still love her cooking, but this pasta dish may just take the title of best Pastitsio ever!  Grab the Ouzo! Opa!



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Stove Top Pastitsio
  • 1 pound lean ground sirloin
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Greek seasoning
  • Salt, pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt such as Chobani
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Prepare pasta according to package direction.
  2. Heat ground beef in a large skillet until browned. Add onions and garlic and cook another 2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Stir in tomato paste, salt, pepper, nutmeg and Greek seasoning. Add heavy cream and Greek yogurt stirring until well blended. Reduce heat and cook until thick, about 1 minute.
  3. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid. Combine pasta, water and ground beef mixture. Add Parmesan cheese just before serving. Serve immediately



I’ll be sharing this recipe with these parties as well as with Jam Hands  

60 Responses

  1. Yum, sounds delicious! I love a lightened up meal, although the original also sounded divine!

    • Thank you Laura. The original is amazing!

  2. Oh! My kind of recipe!! Easy, healthier and yum! I’ve made a similar sort of dish and my boys loved it so I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing, Tanya!

  3. Bravo for this wonderful, quick version! I have always loved pastitsio, but have never made it because yes — it is time consuming. I will try it this way!

    • Oh boy it takes all day! It’s worth it, but I just can’t find that kind of time. Thank you Marcie!

  4. Charlotte Moore

    I think yours sounds better. The egg mixture does not appeal to me.

    • I can understand that, it’s very thick. I sort like NOT having that layer myself!

  5. Tanya, this looks and sounds so delicious and I’ve never tried this before – but I will now! :) Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Pinning and buffering!

  6. This is very intriguing to me because I only make pasta the Italian way but man this looks great! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. This is a dish I’d never heard of but it sounds just wonderful! So hearty and flavorful. I know my family would love this. Gotta try it!

  8. Yum!!! This is my favorite food ever! My brother’s Nouna makes my favorite! I will have to try it :)

    • Allison, this was a good substitute although there is nothing quite like the real thing! I’m sure Nouna’s is pretty darn good!

  9. OMG. This looks so good, Tanya, I wish I had the stuff to make it right now because I totally would!

    • You need to make a grocery run Julie! It’ll be worth it. Thanks you!

  10. I lalalalalaLOOOVE pastitsio! One of my favorite comforting Greek dishes. This looks WAY easier than layering everything with bechemal and baking it.

  11. This looks like a Greek version of skillet lasagna…yum! Can’t wait to try it! Hopping over from Sundae Scoop to say thanks for the recipe!

  12. This looks so amazing. I’m actually torturing myself by coming over to see what the ingredients are because my hubby has called for a no-carb diet for awhile! Ugh! I may have to make this while he is away at work! Thanks for sharing your recipe and blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry, this one will be difficult for your husband to pass up!

  13. This pasta dish looks fabulous, definitely going to give this a try for dinner one night soon! Thanks for sharing!

  14. cookingwithcurls

    OMG…Pastitsio is my absolute FAVORITE dish!!! I used to get it every time we went to The Greek Place, the one that closed last year :( I am soooo totally going to try this!!! I will miss the billowy top however :)

    • Oh that billowy top is so good and so bad isn’t it? This was nice, light version!

  15. I LOVE all things Greek, Tanya! I may have to sub turkey…but this dish looks delicious!

    • I think turkey would be perfect Cathy. I think you will love this dish!

  16. This looks so good! Saw your link Tasty Tuesdays and had to click over! I’ve never made much greek food so I’m going to have to give this a try!

  17. What a great idea to make pastitsio quicker and simpler! I’ve wanted to make the traditional version, but never have because of the time involved.

  18. This has me craving pasta for sure! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  19. Leslie Gagne

    OMG! My best friend has turned me into a Greek….. Love it and all of the Greek cooking! I’ve actually made some the wonderful Greek pastries. The recipes was from her mother and they were almost a century old.

  20. Mary

    Looks delicious. I am making it this week. Just wondering if that is “¼ CUP plain Greek yogurt such as Chobani”?

    • Yes and I believe I fixed the recipe. Thanks Mary!

  21. Congratulations on being featured!! This looks so doggone good!

    • Thanks Kelli! This might be one of the best things I ever made!

  22. Looks simply delish! Pinning!

  23. […] that she’s an amazing chef!  Take a peek at her Stove Top Pastitsio or her White Chocolate Butterscotch Cashew Cookies, which I definitely need to make for […]

    • It is so easy and so good! Thank you!

  24. […] I am so so so happy to welcome Tanya from Lemons for Lulu as a guest poster!  She is ridiculously awesome, and I just love her.  She’s a blogger, but also a friend, and someone that I know I can count on to answer questions and for moral support.  Plus?  She makes the most drool worthy food.  Dinners and desserts!  Two of my favorites?  Her Meyer Lemon Pull Apart Bread and her Stovetop Pastitiso! […]


  1. […] I am so so so happy to welcome Tanya from Lemons for Lulu as a guest poster!  She is ridiculously awesome, and I just love her.  She’s a blogger, but also a friend, and someone that I know I can count on to answer questions and for moral support.  Plus?  She makes the most drool worthy food.  Dinners and desserts!  Two of my favorites?  Her Meyer Lemon Pull Apart Bread and her Stovetop Pastitiso! […]

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