Savor a little flavor of Greece.
Greek Style Beef Casserole
Feta cheese and ripe olives combine to bring out the unique taste of Greek cuisine.
- 1 1/2 cups ziti or penne noodle uncooked
- 1 lb. ground beef lean
- 1 med. size yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped fine
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes 14.5 oz.
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 3 tbsp. sliced ripe olives divided
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese divided
- 2 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro divided
Preheat oven to 325° F. Cook the pasta per package instructions al dente style. In a large skillet scramble fry/brown the ground beef and onion together until all the pink in gone. Drain off the excess fat, add the chopped garlic and cook for another minute stirring frequently.
Stir in the basil, oregano, and cinnamon. Then add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and stir together. Now add in half each of the sliced olives, fete, and cilantro.
Drain the ziti noodle and stir it into the skillet with the rest of the ingredients. Toss until well blended.
Prepare and 9x13 casserole dish with no stick cooking spray. Empty the contents of the skillet into the casserole and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and top with the remaining olives and feta. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.
Did you know: Greeks eat more cheese than anyone else. Their per capita consumption averages 54 pounds. That's about a pound a week. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I can eat a pound of feta in a week, especially in recipes like this.