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
Author Rachel Singer


- 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)


Start the water boiling for pasta

Make the sauce

  1. 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

  1. 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).
  2. While the beef is browning, combine the oregano, rosemary, parsley, Kosher salt, and black pepper in a small  bowl.
  3. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Top your gyros inspired pasta with chopped green onion or fresh parsley, if desired.

Recipe Notes

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