Rushin' Casserole


"This recipe is adapted from one I found in a Georgian/Russian cookbook. The original recipe was more complex, and called for other ingredients like lamb -- which my family won't eat. This version is a big favorite in our home. The yogurt sauce can be as garlicky as your family likes. We usually go for lots, but we've had guests who like it with plain yogurt."

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 538 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 538 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 14.8 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 69.2g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 32.3 g
  • 65%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium:
  • 369 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a serving dish. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the yogurt and garlic in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onion. Season with cinnamon while cooking. Drain off excess grease, and stir in lemon juice and salt. Adjust seasoning to taste. Toss the meat mixture with noodles, and serve hot with cold yogurt sauce spooned over.
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  1. 34 Ratings


I was skeptical of the cinnamon in this recipe, but followed the directions and voila! I loved it, and my friends loved it. I've since made it for pot-luck dinners and always get raves. I use a little more lemon over the meat mixture, and add more if I reheat. A bit more salt sometimes brings out the flavor, too. One of the other reviewers said they found this dish bitter so I was worried -- maybe their cinnamon was old? In any case, I didn't find it bitter at all.


I couldn't eat more than a few bites of this, and you should have seen the hilarious "gross" faces our 16 month old twins made while spitting this out. However, my husband thought it was ok and ate a full serving of it so I'll be generous and give it 3 stars. For me, it wasn't the cinnamon or the lemon. In fact, one of my favorite recipes on this site is a cinnamon lime chicken dish so I definitely like the combination of those flavors with meat. I don't know, maybe quantities were off. I didn't like this enough to experiment, but if these ingredients really appeal to you, go ahead and give it a try. Only thing I would definitely change is to use greek yogurt. Thanks anyway for the recipe.


A good staple recipe, not fabulous but easy, healthy, and yummy. If you love Stroganoff but want something a lot healthier but equally filling, this is a great substitute. I find myself making it about every two months or so simply because it is a healthy and easy recipe for ground beef. Edit 4/14/12: Just made this again last night and was reminded that 4 cups of yogurt is way too much--I think 2 would be sufficient, with the amount of garlic you plan to use halved, too.