• 1 lb Manestra (rice-like pasta (Kritharaki)
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper

Youvetsi – Baked Manestra

This Greek recipe is a traditional “Sunday Lunch” dish. The orzo is a kind of pasta that is shaped like large grains of rice. Enjoy this easy to make authentic Greek recipe!


Heat the oil in a pot and brown the garlic and onion. Add the tomatoes, peeled and put through a food mill, the sugar, salt and pepper, and let the sauce boil for a few minutes. Add hot water (approx. 2 1/2 cups for each cup of manestra), and when it boils, put the sauce in an earthenware baking dish, add the manestra and bake in a pre-heated oven (375F). A short time before the manestra is completely cooked, stir it, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top and continue baking until done. Serve hot.

Note – Meat broth may be used instead of water.

Serves 4

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