Tomato & oregano orzo with beef koftas
Serve up a comforting menu of tomato orzo with koftas, yogurt and pul biber butter. Ideal for a family gathering, enjoy with flatbreads and a salad
- Serves: 6 persons
- 500g 20% beef mince
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1large onion, finely chopped
- 6garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2tsp paprika
- 1heaped tbsp dried oregano
- 2tbsp tomato purée
- 2x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 300g orzo
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1heaped tsp pul biber
- 150g Greek yogurt, to serve
Step 1Put the beef in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix in using your hands. Form into balls (you should have about 40, at around 13g each). Set aside.
Step 2Heat the oil in a large lidded pan over a medium-high heat and fry the onions until beginning to soften and turn golden, about 5-6 mins. Add the garlic and cook for 2 mins until softened but not browned.
Step 3Add the koftas and cook for 6-7 mins until browned all over, being careful not to stir too much as they will break. Instead, gently shake the pan to move them.
Step 4Add the paprika, oregano, tomato purée, tomatoes, and 1 tbsp sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Shake the pan to mix and leave to cook for 5-6 mins, then carefully stir in the meatballs (they should be just cooked and firm enough to stir now). Cover and cook for 10 mins.
Step 5Remove the lid, scatter in the orzo and pour in 500ml water. Stir well. Cook for 20 mins until the orzo is cooked and has absorbed the liquid.
Step 6Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium-low heat, add the pul biber and turn off the heat. Allow to infuse for a minute or so, swirling the pan. Serve the orzo and koftas, dolloped with yogurt and the spiced butter poured over.