A few weeks ago I was given a bunch of old cookbooks from one of the other moms in my Mothers of Preschoolers group, and one of them was called 9×13 The Pan That Can. It’s a cookbook full of over 300 recipes that can be cooked in a 9×13 pan.
The first recipe I tried from the book is Vegetable Pastitsio, which it describes as a meatless version of a classic Greek casserole. There are a lot of vegetables in the dish, and we have been trying to eat more veggies lately. It also uses some mint leaves in it, which we have plenty of from the garden, so we gave it a shot.
It was different than other meals we’ve made, but we liked it! The only thing I didn’t like was that it made a few more dirty dishes that I usually try to use in my recipes, but it was still worth it.
Start by getting your 9×13 baking dish out and ready. Lightly grease the pan and preheat the oven to 350. Cook the noodles according to the package and drain, rinsing them with cold water.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked noodles, eggs, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Layer this mixture in the bottom of the 9×13 pan.
Arrange the fresh spinach on top of the noodles, spreading it out as much as possible.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 tbsp of butter then add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes.
Then add the tomato sauce, corn, potatoes, mint, oregano, 1/4 tsp of salt, cinnamon, and pepper, stirring until it is all heated through.
Spread the potato mixture on top of the spinach and spread it out as much as possible. It’s ok if it doesn’t completely cover the spinach, just do the best you can.
In a medium saucepan (I used the one from the noodles so I didn’t dirty another pot), melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and nutmeg, then add the milk. Cook until it’s thickened and bubbly, stirring frequently.
Pour this flour mixture over the potato mixture then bake the entire meal, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until heated through.
Let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
- 8 oz elbow macaroni
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups spinach
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 cup corn (frozen)
- 1 cup potatoes (cooked, cubed)
- 3/4 tsp mint (crushed)
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups milk
- Grease a 9x13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 350
- Cook the macaroni noodles according to package directions, then rinse with cold water and drain
- In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, eggs, and 1/4 tsp salt then layer in the bottom of the baking dish
- Spread the spinach over the macaroni
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 tbsp of butter
- Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes
- Add the tomato sauce, corn, potatoes, mint, oregano, 1/4 tsp salt, cinnamon, and pepper, stirring until heated through
- Spread the potato mixture over the spinach
- In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat
- Stir in the flour and nutmeg followed by the milk
- Cook until thickened and bubbly, stirring frequently
- Pour the flour mixture over the potato mixture
- Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until heated through
- Let it stand for 5 minutes to cool before serving