Beefy Greek Skillet

Beefy Greek Skillet

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
568 Calories
26g Fat
47g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 568
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 498mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 39g
Calcium 319mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple one dish recipe uses orzo pasta, tomatoes, ground beef, and feta cheese for a delicious Greek inspired meal.

We always use fresh rosemary in this, because dried rosemary is just a bunch of little needles. If you can't find fresh rosemary, just omit it; this recipe will still have plenty of flavor. You can use any other type of pasta you'd like, even elbow macaroni. Just make sure you keep testing the pasta as the recipe cooks to make sure it doesn't overcook.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in large skillet.

  3. Drain well. Add the bell pepper, pasta, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper; stir to combine, making sure pasta is covered by liquid.

  4. Heat the mixture to boiling, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer 11 to 13 minutes, stirring frequently, until the orzo is tender. We stir this every two minutes. The orzo has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the skillet and stick. You need to scrape the bottom of the skillet well every two minutes.

  5. Remove the skillet from the heat, sprinkle the cheese and olives over the casserole. Cover and let stand 2 to 4 minutes until cheese softens.

  6. Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, rosemary, and cherry tomatoes in a small bowl.

  7. Spoon this mixture over the food and serve immediately.

Recipe Variation

  • You can change the herbs and spices in this recipe too. Omit the rosemary and add some basil, or omit the oregano and add marjoram. Just make sure you write down the changes when you make them.