Makaronia Tou Fournou or Pastitsio is a classic, comforting Greek dish adored by all. It is simple to make and can be enjoyed either as a main course or as a side dish. This recipe is traditional, full of flavor, and brimming with penne and juicy ground beef. The ingredients are easy to find, making it the perfect dish for anyone looking to recreate this delicious meal in their own kitchen. Join Cooking County with the recipe for delicious Macaroni tou fournou.
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Makaronia Tou Fournou History
Makaronia Tou Fournou is an easy Greek dish full of flavor and perfect for a weeknight dinner. This simple recipe uses a few ingredients, including macaroni noodles, feta cheese, tomatoes, and herbs. It’s sure to become a family favorite in no time!
The delicious combination of flavors from the feta cheese, tomatoes and herbs gives this dish its traditional Greek taste. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in one baking dish and bake it in the oven until it’s golden brown and bubbly. The great thing about Makaronia Tou Fournou is that it can be prepared ahead of time so you can have dinner ready when you get home from work or school. Plus, the leftovers make a great lunch or snack throughout the week!
Makaronia Tou Fournou Health Benefits
This dish helps regulate blood sugar levels after meals and provides essential nutrients and minerals needed for muscle growth and repair. The penne used in this recipe also contains complex carbohydrates which can help provide sustained energy over time instead of a short burst associated with simple carbs like white bread or sugary snacks.
How to Make Makaronia Tou Fournou?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- Thyme as needed
- 1 kg minced pork
- 500 grams cherry tomatoes
- 100 ml red wine
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 200 ml water
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 500 grams penne
- Basil leaves as needed
- 200 grams mozzarella
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Pour the olive oil, onion, garlic, and thyme into a pan, and mix and fry over medium heat.
Add the minced pork and stir for about 2-3 minutes until the color of the meat changes and the onions are caramelized. Add the cherry tomatoes (you can either press them with your fingers while adding them or break them with a spoon to release their juices.)
Then, pour the wine, salt, pepper, water, and tomato paste and mix. Boil for 10 minutes until most of the moisture evaporates.
Then, add your penne and basil leaves to the sauce. Stir to coat the sauce and remove from heat.
In a fireproof dish, put a layer of the penne mixture, and sprinkle mozzarella. Repeat one more time. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until the cheese is cooked and colored.
How to Serve Makaronia Tou Fournou?
When the Makaronia tou fournou is ready, take it out of the oven and If desired, serve it with additional basil.
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