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Beef Giouvetsi

Giouvetsi or Youvetsi is the perfect dish for a Sunday family dinner! This is a hearty and delicious Greek oven-baked dish, made with beef, lamb or chicken and orzo pasta, which is cooked in a flavourful tomato-based sauce.

Giouvetsi is a slow cooked kind of food. It is a delicious Greek beef stew and orzo pasta is cooked in its juices, so that makes it so flavorful.



Servings: 4-6

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 140 minutes

Total time:


6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 kg boneless beef, cut into cubes

250 gr orzo pasta

2 medium onions, minced

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 red pepper, cut into short slices

120 gr. red wine

400 gr. canned tomatoes

1 lt water

2 bay leaves

1 stick cinnamon



parsley, to serve

parmesan cheese or feta cheese, to serve


  • Add onions and garlic in a food processor and beat until minced or chop them finely.

  • Clean red pepper and cut into slices.

  • Place a pot over high heat, add 3 tbsp. olive oil and the beef cubes. Sauté beef meat, each side for approximately 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Add minced onion, garlic, red pepper and sauté until soften, while stirring.

  • Add canned tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes.

  • Add red wine and and simmer until evaporated.

  • Add water, salt, pepper, bay leaves, the cinnamon stick and simmer for approx. 1 1/2 hours, until the meat becomes soft and the sauce has thickened. (If the sauce is too thick, add some water.

  • When ready, remove cinnamon stick and transfer to an oven proof dish.

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees, set to Fan.

  • Place a pot over medium to high heat, add 2-3 tbsp. orzo pasta and sauté orzo for approx. 3-4 minutes or until golden.

  • When ready add orzo over the meat.

  • Cover oven proof dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

  • When ready (the food is ready when all liquids are absorbed by orzo), remove from the oven, sprinkle some finely chopped parsley.

  • Serve, sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese or feta cheese and enjoy!

If you like Beef Giouvetsi, you can also check my Greek Chicken & Orzo Casserole (Giouvetsi/ Youvetsi) recipe.

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