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Michael Symon's Stove Top Pastitsio

Stovetop Pastitsio Michael Symon
Baked Penne with Sausage
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
6
cost
$
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Pastitsio is a Greek baked pasta with meat and cheese. This version is done on the stove top to save you valuable time.
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ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pound Lamb Sausage (casing removed and crumbled finely)
  • 1/2 medium Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic cloves (sliced)
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • 4 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg 
  • 1 bunch fresh Parsley (leaves torn and roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 pound fresh Penne 
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
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  • 1
    3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1/2 pound Lamb Sausage (casing removed and crumbled finely)
    1/2 medium Yellow Onion (diced)
    3 Garlic cloves (sliced)
    Salt and Pepper 
    4 tablespoons Tomato Paste
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is smoking, add the lamb and let sit in the pan to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and the garlic and season with salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the lamb is well browned. Add the tomato paste and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • 2
    2 teaspoons Red Chili Flakes
    1 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
    1 bunch fresh Parsley (leaves torn and roughly chopped) 
    1/2 cup Heavy Cream
    Season the mixture with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and freshly grated nutmeg. Add half of the chopped parsley and cream and stir to combine.
  • 3
    1 pound fresh Penne
    Meanwhile, cook the fresh pasta for 3 to 4 minutes in the boiling salted water (or one minute short of package instructions). Strain the pasta from the water and add to the lamb sauce and toss to coat. Add a ladle of pasta water to loosen sauce, if needed. 
  • 4
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
    Serve with a garnish of parsley and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
 
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