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Lasagna - Pasticho Recipe
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5 from 22 votes

Lasagna / Venezuelan Pasticho

Pasticho is the name we Venezuelans give to the Lasagna. 
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna, Pasticho
Servings: 4
Calories: 316kcal


  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 1 units onions minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 units carrots minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce Mutti is my favorite
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 10 onces mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • salt and peper to taste

Bechamel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 package of flat lasagna pasta ( not boiling required)


  • Cut the onions, garlic and carrots, and cooked till they are golden at low temperature in a medium pot, add the bay leaves and salt and pepper.
  • When the onions and garlic are gold add the ground beef and whisk constantly and let it cook will the fat of the meat is gone
  • Add the canned tomatoes, the sugar and a bit of water; cook for 20 min in low temperature.
  • Add the bit of milk and continuing cooking for another 20 min
  • Lower the temperature and let it cook for 40 min and set aside


  • Melt the butter on an pan and add the flour and whisk until smooth
  • Add gradually the 4 cups of milk and whisk constantly till you get a smoth sauce
  • Add the salt and the nutmeg, and cooked in low temperature until the sauce is creamy

Assemble Pasticho

  • Add a bit of butter to the baking dish
  • Arrange the pasta sheets add the beef tomato sauce, and the béchamel sauce on top, add again another layer of pasta and repeat the first step till you arrive at the top.
  • The last layer is the béchamel sauce and the mozzarella cheese Cover the pasticho with a piece of foil and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is melted. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.


My secret: when the pastiche is ready for the oven I add a bit of milk to the corners to even make it more creamy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.5g | Protein: 13.6g | Fat: 16.5g