Greek Beef and Orzo

This is a recipe I got from Betty Crocker. I made it one night and the farmer liked it so well he said I could make it once a week. I took it to a friend’s house one evening and now she regularly makes the recipe, too. My grandma also loves it.  So, I wanted to share it with you. It falls into my healthy eating category and one serving equals 310 calories. Awesome, right? I thought so. This meal is also so easy that I can remember it off the top of my head. It serves 4.


1lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef

1 can (14.5) stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 medium celery stalk, sliced (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)

1/2 cup. fat-free plain yogurt (I personally love Fage Greek yogurt, yum and the little personal serving size one is perfect if you don’t eat a lot of plain yogurt)


In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat about 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown; drain.

Stir in remaining ingredients, except yogurt. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed and pasta is tender. Serve with yogurt. I usually just put a dollop on each serving and sprinkle some greek seasoning on top (it seems to really bring out the flavors.)

You should make it! It’s positively delicious!

This also reminds me of a story I have to tell on my grandmother. Her name is Betty Cauthron. I think the story goes something like this. One day, she went to Wal-Mart with my aunt and cousin. They got separated from her at some point during shopping and after searching for a while, decided to just page her once they got up to the front. That didn’t work. (My grandma’s a little hard of hearing, bless her heart). So, my cousin took off through the store trying to find her again and finally found her in one of the food aisles. He said, “Grandma, didn’t you hear us page you? We’ve been waiting on you!” This is what she said: “Ohhhhh, well, I heard someone being paged, but I thought they said Betty Crocker!” Grandma always makes for good stories and I love her to death because she’s so hilarious, albeit unknowingly sometimes.

Hope all of you have a wonderful Wednesday!

“Betty Crocker’s” granddaughter,

The Dairymaid

4 thoughts on “Greek Beef and Orzo

  1. Hahaha Grandma Betty!!! So funny! Thanks for posting this! I’ve been looking for new recipes the last couple weeks that include beef since we have so much of it all the time! I’ll be using this one I’m sure, it sounds delish!!

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