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!






Pork tenderloin stuffed with herbs, spices and chocolate!Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Pork tenderloin stuffed with herbs, spices, and chocolate, you have to try!

What is there to say about Pork tenderloin, a cut of meat so tender and so easy to cook!

I like to use Pork tenderloin because it has no fat, no bone and yet it’s so tender, just keep in mind to not overcook, it will dry out and it will be hard.

My favorite way is to marinate the Pork tenderloin for a few hours and BBQ, a few minutes each side and it is done. Never slice the Pork tenderloin and BBQ, it will dry out and lose all the taste.

This is another way to cook this very tender cut of meat.

This recipe is so good, it might look hard, but it’s not, have a look!

It’s a nice change from the ordinary. You can stuff the loin and have it ready in the refrigerator; it takes only minutes to cook.



Pork tenderloin stuffed with herbs, spices, and chocolate-Litsa!

One-pot lemon pasta!Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

We have been doing one-pot lemon pasta for a long time, we meaning Greek people…And here is my recipe for one-pot lemon pasta! This  recipe is for 2

I remember that is how my father liked his Pasta. He was always hungry as all men are and this recipe was so fast and delicious. Just 15 minutes to satisfy a hungry man!

Now it is so much in demand and I decided to add my own take on the one pot Pasta.

With shrimp, and cooked clams, with a lemony taste that I love!

Cauliflower in tomato sauce Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides

Cauliflower in tomato sauce Litsa!

Cauliflower is a  healthy vegetable, and we should have it often, Cauliflower in tomato sauce, is a very easy recipe and if you are a vegetarian it is for you!

Do you have 30 minutes to cook a very healthy vegetable?

I am always on the lookout for recipes, but my mother’s recipe always comes to my rescue.

It’s easy and fast, 20-30 minutes and if you are a vegetarian you can have a delicious meal with this Cauliflower recipe.

For my family this recipe is a side and I serve it with pork chops, chicken and so much more, what I like especially about this recipe is that it even tastes better when it’s cold, or the next day…