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Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo-Litsa

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes

Youvetsi with Chicken



 Youvetsi with Chicken and Orzo by Litsa!

The Greek love affair with the famous Orzo! We love orzo and we use it in so many recipes, like the famous Youvetsi!

A Greek casserole!

So very comforting for every Greek person on the planet! 

A Sunday meal, usually done with Veal or Lamb!

Chicken is a nice variation and it’s faster, especially if you follow my recipe, done in 30 minutes!

We also love Orzo in Soups and salads!

I think it is the preferred pasta of the Greek people!

We just need an excuse to use Orzo, how about that!

Do you have 30 minutes?

Let’s do it!


Here is what you will need                                                                                                                          

6 chicken thighs (all visible fat removed)

1 onion diced

1 clove garlic smashed

¼ cup olive oil

½ cup red wine

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups Orzo, make sure the Orzo is 100% semolina for best results

3 cups hot water + if necessary

Here is how to make  Youvetsi with Orzo

In a heavy pan add oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes.

Add chicken and garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, turning chicken over.

Deglaze with the wine.

Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock, cinnamon stick, salt pepper and sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

At this point add the Orzo, and 3 cups hot water, stir to distribute Orzo evenly!

Adjust heat to medium and cook your Youvetsi another 10 minutes, uncovered and with your undivided attention, stirring and adding hot water if it becomes necessary.The same procedure as you make risotto!You cook the pasta al dente!

When done, remove from the heat and let the Youvetsi rest for a few minutes before serving.

Your Youvetsi with Orzo ie ready!

Serve with a good quality grated cheese! Great comfort food and so easy!






Osso Buco-Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Osso Buco

A classic delicious recipe,
Osso Buco, is a recipe from Milan,  that very famous busy city in Italy.

I love Osso Buco which by the way, means bone with a hole, in Italian.

Here is my recipe for Osso Buco, with mushrooms onion and red peppers…

The classic recipe is with diced onions, celery, and carrots!

Playing around and creating your own recipes should be the objective of any good cook…You just have to know what you like and what goes well together…

Experiment and have fun, it always turns out well anyway, very rare is the food not eatable, and do you know when we learn? When we make mistakes, therefore, embrace your mistakes, love them and learn from them, be happy and tomorrow is another day…

I like to think of Osso Buco as a winter recipe, it needs time to cook and the warmth of the stove is very welcome on a very cold day…It can be cooked on the stovetop or in the oven, whatever makes you happy, in the oven, you forget about it, but you have to be on top of things when you make it on the stove top…

Creamy pasta with shrimp-Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Recipes

Here is another pasta recipe that comes to my rescue very often, so easy and so tasty…Delicious creamy pasta with shrimp!So good!

Delicious pasta with shrimp-Litsa!

Creamy pasta with shrimp-Litsa!


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