Thursday, July 10, 2014

Greek Beef with Orzo

If you're looking for something different and exciting for dinner then try this dish of Greek beef with  orzo. Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that reminds you of risotto but it doesn't need all of the constant attention and stirring that risotto needs. Like any pasta, orzo is actually quite boring if you eat it plain so with ground beef and spices it's something perfect for a quick midweek dinner. Plus this recipe is so simple yet it can feed about 4-6 people.
1 lb. ground beef or lamb
1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups beef stock
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper
feta cheese, to serve

Heat the oil in a saucepan then add the ground beef, cinnamon, & oregano to the pan and let it sauté for a few minutes until the meat is browned

Add the minced garlic, tomato sauce, beef stock, & a good pinch of salt and pepper to the pan let it simmer over high heat for 30 minutes

Pour the orzo into the boiling mixture and let it continue to cook for a further 8-10 minutes, until the orzo has absorbed all the liquid

Serve in bowls with chopped parsley and feta cheese

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