Beef and Orzo Casserole (Giouvetsi)

This delicious traditional one pot casserole is usually made for Sunday lunch or dinner family gatherings. 🙂  Sounds Italian, the gathering of the families…hehehe but it’s true..:) This amazing dish is my favorite, I love how all the ingredients combine beautifully, and the taste ahhh is just divine.  

Ingredients:

1 Kilo Beef

500 grams Orzo pasta

3 tablespoons of cooking butter or 1/2 cup of Olive Oil

2 medium Onions 

1 Garlic clove  (optional)

1 Bay leaf

1 Cinnamon stick

2 tablespoons Tomato Paste

1 teaspoon Oregano

3 fresh Tomatoes grated

1/4 cup of  White Wine (Dry)

Salt and Pepper

Kefalotyri or Parmesan Cheese for topping

Preparation:

The first thing I always do before I start making this recipe is I always boil the meat for about 1/2 hour.  This little step just helps the meat to become a bit more tender than just adding straight into the pot to sauté with the onions. Some like to substitute Leek instead of Onions.  Even though I enjoy leek in most of my recipes in this dish I use onions.

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In a large pot add in the cooking butter or the olive oil..which ever you prefer and sauté the onions…place the meat into the pot and sauté for about 10 minutes.

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Add in the fresh grated fresh tomatoes, the cinnamon stick, tomato paste, bay leaf and stir.

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Pour wine, oregano and 2 cups of water.

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Add in the Orzo and stir…let this simmer for 1/2 hour.

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For casseroles I use ceramic baking dish.  The food tastes as if its been baked the old fashion way 🙂 in an old stove with wood burner :)..  Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaf, pour the casserole into the baking pan and add 2 cups of water, stir cover with lid or aluminum foil.

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Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle some Kefalotyri or Parmesan Cheese and enjoy.

Kali Orexi!!! 🙂

 

 

 

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Ritu says:

    This looks yum!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thanks you!! 🙂

  2. juliehcares says:

    Wow, easy and yummy? That goes on my list!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you!!!

  3. just_me says:

    Oh this looks yummy!!!!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

  4. That looks delicious, Sophie!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you so much!!! 🙂

      1. Delicious recipe, Sophie! ☺️

  5. dtills says:

    I am so glad you finally got your hands on some orzo!!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thanks Dee dee me toooooo!!!

  6. mistimaan says:

    Nice and tasty recipe

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you P!!!

  7. chefkreso says:

    Looks really delicious, and I would love a fresh cucumber salad with it.. 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you!!! hahahah yep salad is great with this dish 🙂

  8. Yum, such a delicious recipe!😋😋

    1. foodzesty says:

      hahahah thank again for all your kind words! 🙂

  9. Sumith says:

    Delicious one pot meal!!

  10. I would never have thought to add the cinnamon stick but I bet it gives it that something extra. Thanks for another wonderful recipe 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      In most greek meat dishes cinnamon is a main ingredient. It gives it that extra something special. 🙂 I hope your feeling better 🙂

      1. I am great thank you :):)

      2. foodzesty says:

        Good to hear! 🙂

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