This Moroccan orzo recipe combines orzo cooked in a herby tomato sauce and rich Moroccan spiced lamb or beef. Top with minced fresh parsley (optional)!It's a recipe passed down to me from my grandma that is a family favorite for kids and adults alike.
Sauté the meat & onion. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the stew meat and minced onion and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the meat begins to brown and tenderize, about 10-15 minutes.
Season & transfer to a saucepan. Add chili flakes, salt, pepper, ginger, saffron, turmeric, bay leaves, cilantro, and parsley and mix to combine everything. Transfer the meat and onions to a smaller saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, before covering and simmering on low heat while the orzo cooks.
Cook the orzo.In the same large pot where the meat cooked, add 5 cups of water, 1 can of tomato sauce, and a generous pinch of salt. Bring the liquid to a boil before adding orzo and lowering to medium low. Cover & cook, stirring regularly until the pasta is al dente and most of the sauce is absorbed, about 9 minutes.
Serve. Add some of the orzo to a bowl and top with a few spoonfuls of the meat mixture. Enjoy!