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Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!

Greek Giouvetsi

Greek giouvetsi, an oven baked pasta lamb stew with orzo pasta!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories per serving 748 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lamb, pork or beef (450 g), diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock (240 ml), warm
  • ½ bottle red wine (375 ml)
  • 1 ½ oz canned chopped tomatoes (675 g)
  • 12,5 oz Greek pasta (orzo) (350 g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Pour the olive oil in a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat until hot. Then add the chopped onion and garlic.
    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  2. Stir for 4 minutes. Then add the diced meat. Season with pepper and salt.

    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  3. Stir and turn the heat up. Sear the meat on all sides until browned. Add bay leaves, clove and half of the wine.

    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  4. Cook for 1 minute. Then also add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.

    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  5. Stir well. Bring the tomato sauce to a boil and then turn the heat low. Simmer the tomato meat sauce for 1 hour until soft. Stir regularly. Gradually add the remaining red wine.
    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  6. Check the seasoning of the meat stew because you might want to add pepper or salt. Then also add the Greek orzo pasta and cinnamon.
    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!
  7. Stir well. Stir in the chicken stock and transfer it all to a large baking dish. Cover with tinfoil. Then bake the giouvetsi in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20 to 25 minutes. The pasta will gradually absorb the liquid tomato sauce until it is tender. You should end up with a solid but moist tomato sauce. Remove the dish from the hot oven. Then transfer the pasta, tomato and meat stew onto plates. Serve hot.

    Traditional giouvetsi, a classic Greek oven baked pasta stew with lamb, beef or pork with Greek orzo pasta in a rich tomato sauce!