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Meatball and orzo casserole

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Meatball and orzo casserole


For the meatballs

  • Place a frying pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Finely chop the onions, the garlic, and add them to the pan. Add the thyme, the oregano, and sauté for 10 minutes until caramelized.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the ground beef, salt, pepper, the egg, the breadcrumbs, the cumin, the parsley and the basil finely chopped, and mix until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Place a deep frying pan with sunflower oil over high heat.
  • Shape 35-40 meatballs and add them to a baking pan with flour. Shake the baking pan to dredge all of the meatballs in the flour.
  • Fry the meatballs for 3-4 minutes in two batches.
  • Remove them from the pan, place them on paper towels, and set aside.

For the sauce

  • Place a pot over high heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Finely chop the onion, the garlic, and add them to the pot. Add the sugar and mix.
  • Add the orzo and sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden. Add the tomato paste and mix.
  • Deglaze the pot with the wine, add the canned tomatoes, 200 ml of the water, the cinnamon, the bay leaf, the chicken stock pot, and mix.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the rest of the water in batches, stirring constantly. As soon as the first batch is absorbed, add the next. This process will take about 10-20 minutes in total.
  • About 2-3 minutes before the orzo is ready, add the meatballs, the last batch of the water, 3 tablespoons olive oil, pepper, and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, add the basil finely chopped, and mix.
  • Serve the orzo casserole with 6 meatballs, basil leaves, the gruyere grated, the olive oil, and pepper.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
28 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
30 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
28 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
24 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
10 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
50 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
16 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
28 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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