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.  


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


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.


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.


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


Pour wine, oregano and 2 cups of water.


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


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.


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

Kali Orexi!!! 🙂





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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