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Greek Style Beef and Orzo

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I love all my recipes but there are some that are extra special and absolutely yummy. This is one of them… I think I saw a version of it on tv but now I can’t remember exactly where.. but I got the idea to do this one pot meal. The orzo is cooked right in the ground beef and then topped with dill and feta!! Absolutely yum… serve it with a delicious crunchy salad and a red wine. Great for a cool, rainy evening…

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground grass fed beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil. Add the ground beef and separate and brown with a wooden spoon over high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and salt. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes. Take lid off and add 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add the orzo. Cook for 8 to 9 minutes or till the pasta is cooked. Add more broth if needed. I made this in advance and needed to add more broth while reheating. The consistency should be of a stew. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley and dill. Crumble feta before serving.



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