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Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce combines the gyros flavor you love with a smooth & tangy yogurt + feta sauce over a plate of pasta — all in a simple 30 minute weeknight meal!

gyros inspired pasta with Greek yogurt sauce

How about a simple 30 minute weeknight dinner that’s jam-packed with both flavor and protein? Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce should do you nicely, and using almost all ALDI ingredients helped me keep things affordable here. ($1.99 feta at ALDI, instead of $3.99+ at my nearest local grocery store? Yes, please!)

plate of gyros pasta

I riffed off of my older ground beef gyros recipe to create today’s gyros pasta recipe, but changed up the seasoning mix a bit and modified the sauce to work better with a pasta dish. And, since I wanted the gyros flavored ground beef to be crumbled throughout, I also chose to simmer in the seasoning mix and water after browning and draining the meat (much in the same way you’d cook up ground beef for tacos).

Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce

ALDI noodles, feta, and yogurt

Ingredients

– for the sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt
4 oz crumbled feta
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp minced garlic (about one clove)
Black pepper, to taste

– for the beef

1 pound ground beef
1/2 of a medium onion, diced
1.5 tsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1 Tbsp oregano
2 tsp rosemary, crushed between your fingers
2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
Black pepper, to taste

– for the pasta

12 oz bowtie pasta (farfalle)

– to top (optional)

Chopped green onion or fresh parsley, to taste (optional)

Directions

Start the water boiling for pasta.

Make the sauce

Combine yogurt, feta, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and black pepper in a medium bowl, breaking up any very large crumbles of feta you find. Stir well, then let the sauce sit out while you cook up the rest of the meal, so that it’s not super cold when you mix it in with the pasta.

Brown the beef

Chop onion. Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic together in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up clumps as you go, until cooked through (about 8 minutes).

gyros seasonings

While the beef is browning, combine the oregano, rosemary, parsley, Kosher salt, and black pepper in a small  bowl.

Drain the beef and return it to the skillet, then stir in the oregano-rosemary seasoning mixture plus 3/4 of a cup of water. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until much of the liquid has been absorbed but beef is still moist.

Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente according to package directions and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the drained pasta to its pot.

Assemble the dish

assembling gyros pasta

Stir the yogurt sauce into the cooked pasta, thinning out with a little reserved pasta water at a time as necessary or desired. Once the noodles are nice and saucy, stir in the seasoned ground beef.

Top your gyros inspired pasta with chopped green onion or fresh parsley, if desired.

Gyros Inspired Pasta is a different twist on pasta night!

gyros inspired pasta with greek yogurt sauce + feta

Why not shake up your normal pasta + sauce + meat routine next time by transforming it into this super easy gyros pasta? It’s filling & hearty, plus garlicky, rosemary-y, tangy, feta-y good. (You could easily also make this gyros inspired pasta meal gluten free, by substituting your favorite GF pasta of choice.)

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Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Gyros Inspired Pasta with Greek Yogurt Sauce combines the gyros flavor you love with a smooth & tangy yogurt + feta sauce over a plate of pasta -- all in a simple 30 minute weeknight meal!
Course dinner
Keyword feta, greek yogurt, gyros, gyros pasta, pasta
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

- for the sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz crumbled feta
  • Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic about one clove
  • Black pepper to taste

- for the beef

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 of a medium onion diced
  • 1.5 tsp minced garlic about 3 cloves
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp rosemary crushed between your fingers
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste

- for the pasta

  • 12 oz bowtie pasta farfalle

- to top (optional)

  • Chopped green onion or fresh parsley to taste (optional)

Instructions

Start the water boiling for pasta

    Make the sauce

    • Combine yogurt, feta, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and black pepper in a medium bowl, breaking up any very large crumbles of feta you find. Stir well, then let the sauce sit out while you cook up the rest of the meal, so that it's not super cold when you mix it in with the pasta.

    Brown the beef

    • Chop onion. Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic together in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up clumps as you go, until cooked through (about 8 minutes).
    • While the beef is browning, combine the oregano, rosemary, parsley, Kosher salt, and black pepper in a small  bowl.
    • Drain the beef and return it to the skillet, then stir in the oregano-rosemary seasoning mixture plus 3/4 of a cup of water. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until much of the liquid has been absorbed but beef is still moist.

    Cook the pasta

    • Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente according to package directions and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the drained pasta to its pot.

    Assemble the dish

    • Stir the yogurt sauce into the cooked pasta, thinning out with a little reserved pasta water at a time as necessary or desired. Once the noodles are nice and saucy, stir in the seasoned ground beef.
    • Top your gyros inspired pasta with chopped green onion or fresh parsley, if desired.

    Notes

    You could easily also make this gyros pasta gluten free by substituting your favorite GF pasta of choice.

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    Audrey

    Tuesday 31st of December 2019

    This was so good! My husband and I made this with chickpea pasta and enjoyed it for dinner and lunch the next day. We will definitely add this to our rotation of recipes. Thank you!

    Tori

    Friday 13th of September 2019

    WOW how yummy! Me and my husband have been doing your weekly meal plans after trying a free trial of Blueapron and not being able to afford it but enjoying the following of someone elses directions to make incredible meals! This is so wonderful and from our favorite store Aldi's!

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into these. Looking forward to enjoy many more weeks to come. <3

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    Jess

    Sunday 7th of April 2019

    Can this dish be reheated? Or is it better cold the next day?

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    Sunday 7th of April 2019

    Yes, it reheats fine in the microwave :).

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