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Recipe for Youvetsi – Greek Macaroni Baked With Meat

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Youvetsi is a traditional Greek stew that is usually made with beef or lamb. This baked macaroni version is great for large family dinners or neighborhood potlucks. Using lamb adds a whole other element to the dish!


  • 2 lbs. lamb or beef
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 medium sized, minced onion
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lb. Orzo
  • Kefalotiri Cheese

Directions on How to Make Youvetsi:

Cut the meat into 5 portions. Heat the butter in a saucepan and brown the meat.

Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and enough hot water to cover the meat. Simmer covered, over a very low heat, until meat is tender and sauce is thick.

Boil orzo in boiling salted water. Drain.

Put half the orzo into a buttered baking dish (youvetsi), cover with the meat, add the remaining orzo, and spread the tomato sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes.

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This post was written by GreekBoston.com