Moussaka penne (30 minute meal)

I'm a moussaka lover and I'm not ashamed to admit it! Unfortunately though I don't make it too often as I find it a bit time-consuming, especially for a mid-week meal. Enter this moussaka-style pasta! It's got all the flavours of a traditional Greek moussaka but it's a fraction of the hassle to make. Hope you give it a go!
Course Main meal (30 minute)
Cuisine Greek
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 616kcal
Author Helen


  • a large drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped finely
  • 1 large aubergine eggplant, diced (about 1cm²)
  • 8 ounces lamb or beef mince
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • small bunch of parsley washed and chopped
  • 10 ounces dried penne or other pasta of your choice
  • 7 ounces feta crumbled


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan with a lid on a medium heat. Add the onion and aubergine and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 or 3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium, put the lid on the pan and cook for about another 5 minutes, stirring every now and again.
  • Add the meat and brown for a couple of minutes, then add the garlic, cinnamon, allspice and oregano. Stir for a minute, then add the tomatoes and tomato puree. Stir again, then leave to cook with the lid on for about ten minutes, stirring every now and again. Then stir in most of the parsley and season to taste.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a bit of the cooking water.
  • Tip the cooked pasta into the meat sauce along with some cooking water to make the sauce nice and silky.
  • Serve out the pasta into bowls, then sprinkle with the feta cheese and the rest of the parsley. Enjoy!


Adapted from Tesco Realfood.
I use beef mince when I make this, as I prefer it to lamb and, in any case, moussaka in Greece is more often than not made with beef and not lamb, contrary to popular belief! The choice is ultimately yours, though. Both beef and lamb work well.


Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 3.7mg