Ruba wrote me a comment few days ago asking for cooling main dish recipes for this hot summer.

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This is the first one I thought of, made with yogurt. I really believe yogurt is one of those foods that you have to have in your kitchen 24/7 in the summer.


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (or more if you like)
  • 2-3 c plain yogurt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 c chopped parsley (or more if you like)

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

Saute the onions in a saucepan with some oil. Add the ground beef and cook until juices run clear. Season with the pepper, all spice, and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, mix the garlic with the yogurt. Season with very little salt.

To assemble the meal, mix half the amount of the meat with all the pasta and all the yogurt. Spread in a casserole dish. Top with the remaining amount of meat. Garnish with parsley.

Serve immediately or store in your fridge and serve later cold. Since this dish doesn’t have any vegetables, I always make salad on the side.

Isn’t this a great recipe for when you have no time to make dinner? You can prepare it the night before, store it, and eat the next day. Awesome!



  1. Ruba

    actually fantastic Nour, sounds good already, thanks for the quick response! will let you know how this goes soon 🙂

  2. The Candid RD

    This sounds, and looks amazing. I love the addition of cinnamon! I add it to my pizza and pasta all the time.

  3. Widad

    I love, love this recipe Nour, especially for summer! So many people have asked me for the recipe, but after making it so many times, you forget the actual measurements–if you know what I mean! I’ll just send them a link to your helpful website :).

  4. shayma

    wow- gorgeous, i love it!

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

      Thanks Shayma!

  5. Tristan Burel

    Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

    • Nour Zibdeh

      Hi Tristan. No clue! Thanks for writing.

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