Sunday, October 10, 2021

Makaronia me Yiaourti #EattheWorld #SundayFunday

This creamy and slightly tart Greek pasta is a comforting, meatless entree remeniscent of pasta carbonara but lighter and healthier.

Greek Pasta

We are traveling to Greece for this month's Eat the World Challenge........
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Evelyne of CulturEatz invites us each month to join her as we travel the globe, visiting other cultures and the foods they eat.  Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us! This month she invited us to head to Greece.  Let's see what everyone brought to the table.

Several of the members of Eat the World also belong to our Sunday Funday Bloggers group.  Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures suggested we carry this theme over to that group as well. Both groups are incorporated into this list........

pasta with wine

When Evelyne announced this month's country, I went right to my Cookbook library and pulled down It's All Greek To Me by Debbie Matenopoulos.   This is my go to whenever I want to make Greek food.  I have made several recipes from this cookbook and have never been disappointed.  

Some of the past recipes I have made from this cookbook by Debbie Matenopoulos include Lahano me Kreas, a delicious, autumnal, meat and cabbage dish; Baklava, the popular Greek dessert; Olokiri Kota stil Skara, wonderful roasted chicken with vegetables; a delicious meat pie called Kreakopita; and Greek meatballs called Soutzoukakia .

I also turned to this cookbook when making Pilafi , Galaktoboureko (Phyllo Custard Pie), and  Dolmathes .  You can see why I love this cookbook so much.

Pasta pin

This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner.  It is on the table in less than half an hour.  While the pasta is cooking you can put together this amazing Greek Salad (also from Debbie's book) and your family is enjoying a delicious, complete meal in no time at all.

I had a bottle of Greek wine in my wine cooler and I pulled it out to pair with this pasta. It was very nice lending credence to the adage what grows together goes together.  If you don't have a bottle of Greek white wine on hand, open up any bright, acidic white wine...perhaps a Sauvignon Blanc, and enjoy.

Pasta, Meatless, Entrees
Entrees, Pasta
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Makaronia me Yiaourti

Makaronia me Yiaourti

This creamy and slightly tart Greek pasta is a comforting, meatless entree remeniscent of pasta carbonara but lighter and healthier.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked per package directions
  • 2 c. Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of generously salted water to boil for the pasta.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat.  Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.  Set aside.
  3. Add the pasta to the water when it comes to a boil and cook per package directions.
  4. While pasta is cooking, combine the yogurt and Parmesan, mixing until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper, (sea salt and freshly ground pepper if available).
  5. Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of the cooking water.  Return the pasta to the cooking pot and add the onion/olive oil mixture.  Toss to combine, then add the yogurt mixture.  Using tongs, toss,  adding a bit more of the cooking water as needed, until coated and the sauce is the desired consistency.  Sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs to garnish. 


Adapted from a recipe found in It's All Greek To Me by Debbie Matenopoulos

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  1. Oh does that look amazing! I love yogurt based pasta sauces. And I can't wait to go back and try the cabbage and meat recipe you linked to as well.

    1. This is a great cookbook Jules, every recipe has been wonderful.

  2. The flavors sound so delicious! Paired with the Greek salad and wine, I'm sure it made a lovely dinner!

  3. Wow, I love the idea of yogurt to add creaminess to this pasta dish - the tanginess would be very refreshing. Such a great, simple idea for a weeknight dinner. Can't wait to try it!

  4. This looks amazing! It would definitely be a keeper in my house!

  5. A wonderful looking pasta dish and a delicious dinner .

  6. I have everything I need to make this! Can't wait to try it.

  7. This looks creamy and delicious, Wendy! You sold me with a lighter carbonara! And now I have a new cookbook on my shopping list. :)

  8. This sounds like one of those meals that can be thrown together because most of the ingredients would be on hand. I love this!

  9. I loved this! Thanks for the recipe. the yogurt based sauce was simply amazing!


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