Spiced giouvetsi

Perfect for Halloween, as pasta masquerades as rice in this dish.

Spiced giouvetsi



  • 1 Kg beef, cubed
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cm ginger
  • 0.5 star anise
  • vanilla
  • 5 chilli peppers
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 garlic gloves
  • red wine
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 400 ml water (of beef juice)
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper


  • 30 gr butter
  • 350 gr orzo pasta
  • 1100 ml water (or vegetable water)
  • thyme
  • 120 gr cheese
  • parsley, salt pepper



Salt the beef.

Saute beef until coloured on all sides. Set aside.

Saute onion, ginger, carrot, anise, vanilla, peppers.

Add garlic and mix for 30 min.

Add beef and wine and cook until alcohol evaporates.

Add honey, tomato, water, coconut can, vanilla and bay leaves and let it boil at low heat for 1.5-2 hr.

Remove bay leaves, anise.


Preheat oven at 200 oC.

Heat butter at medium heat, and saute the orzo until coloured.

Transfer to oven dish. Add vanilla, thyme, salt and pepper and mix.

Add water, cheese and beef sauce.

Bake for 15-18 min without covering.

Take out of oven for 10 min. There should still be water.

Serve with parsley and a bit of oil.

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