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Manestra (Meat with Orzo)

1 tb Oil
1 lb Beef or lamb stew meat
2 Onions; chopped
1 c Tomato sauce; -=OR=- 1 tb -Tomato paste instead
1 ts Salt
1/8 ts Pepper
1/8 ts Cinnamon
1 ts Spearmint flakes
4 c Boiling water
1 c Manestra (orzo)
1 c Grated cheese (Mizithra!)

Heat oil in large saucepan and brown meat and onions for 10 minutes over medium heat. Add tomato, seasonings, and 2 cups water. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until meat is tender.

Add remaining water and bring to a boil. Add manestra. Stir once or twice. Simmer 20 minutes more. Serve hot with grated cheese.

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