Easy Greek Skillet Supper – Fun with Food Friday

by Mama Chocolate on August 12, 2011

Welcome to this week’s Fun with Food Friday
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This delicious recipe comes from reader Karen, who got it originally from McCormick!



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen leaf spinach or cut green beans, thawed
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided

Cook ground beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Drain fat. Add oregano, cinnamon and garlic powder; mix well.

Stir in broth, tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is nearly tender. Stir in spinach and 1/2 cup of the feta cheese. Cover. Cook 5 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup feta cheese. Cover. Let stand 5 minutes.

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Our household divided over this one…

I loved it, (although I had to use canned green beans instead of frozen spinach, which I’m sure I would’ve liked much better,) but for John, this Greek Skillet Supper was a…dud.

He was polite about it, of course. My dear husband is always very sweet about my cooking.


Almost always.

Just don’t try to serve him Tuna Noodle Soup.

I’m pretty sure what turned him off was the feta cheese. He’s not a big fan of cheese in any form, and he really didn’t care for the feta flavor, (but I devoured it!)

I will make it again, next time using frozen spinach as suggested instead of canned green beans, and I’ll only add feta to my portion, and we’ll see what he thinks. ;-)

I loved that it was quick and easy, and used only ONE pan.

As President of the I-Hate-Washing-Dishes Club, I am all for a meal that takes only one pan to assemble and cook.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

.:karen:. August 12, 2011 at 6:43 am

So glad that at least one person liked it! ;) I can see how if you’re not a huge cheese fan that the tangy flavor of feta would be a turn-off. My hubs can’t stand goat cheese. I forgot about that recently and made something with it which he wouldn’t touch. ;)

We usually use the canned green beans too since we have more space for canned than frozen. (Yes, I know…less nutrients and all that.) And lately, ground turkey to lower the fat content. And the spinach must be a new addition from them. My original recipe doesn’t use that. But again, DH doesn’t like spinach so we’ll probably stick with the beans.

I would think that could probably just take out his portion right before you add the cheese. For us, part of what makes this so tasty is the melted, creamy cheese swirled throughout.

But the one-dish cleanup is so nice!

Thanks for trying it out and sharing the results! (Does your family like pumpkin? I have a great recipe for pumpkin pancakes and another for pumpkin-oat-chocolate chip cookies that is to die for. ;) )


Mama Chocolate August 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

I just tried a Pumpkin Pancake recipe: http://www.mamachocolateblog.com/pumpkin-pancakes-fun-with-food-friday.html
I loved it…and pumpkin-oat-chocolate chip cookies sound delicious! Please send it! :-D


.:karen:. August 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Ahahahaha… Should’ve checked! ;) Will dig up the cookie one and send. :)


Zoe Kyklos August 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

So I made this for my significant other last night and we both really enjoyed it! I thought it tasted kind of like stroganoff..maybe not. It had a sweet taste to it from the cinnamon!

Thank you for sharing!


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