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Egyptian Orzo Pasta aka Lesan el Asfour

This orzo pasta is so good and a popular Egyptian dish, made with a tomato spiced ground beef.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: arab food, egyptian, middle eastern
Keyword: easy pasta recipe, egyptian food recipes, middle eastern, middle eastern food, orzo pasta


  • 16 oz Orzo pasta
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 3 tsp sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cup chicken broth or choice of broth


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In an enameled pot on medium high heat, melt butter. Add orzo pasta. Stir for a 4-5 minutes or until it is lightly golden brown and has toasted. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Place the pot back on the cooktop on medium heat. Add onion, and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and red pepper and cook. Drain the excess fat.
  • Add salt, pepper, tomato paste and cinnamon. Stir until the tomato paste has coated all the beef. Add the toasted orzo pasta, and broth. Stir, and cover.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Garnish with fresh parsley!