Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(87 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins


Serves 4
Try this rich, hearty and quick variation on the classic family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat39g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.31g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 400g/14oz can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 200g/7oz jar chargrilled aubergines in olive oil, drained and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 200g/7oz pack feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Brown the mince: Heat the oil in a large, shallow pan. Toss in the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the mince and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until browned.

  2. Season and simmer: Tip the tomatoes into the pan and stir in the tomato purée and cinnamon, then season generously with salt and pepper. Leave the mince to simmer for 20 minutes, adding the aubergines half way through.

  3. To serve: Sprinkle the crumbled feta and chopped mint over the mince. Bring the moussaka to the table as the feta melts and serve it with a crunchy green salad and toasted pitta.

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Comments (90)

cook87's picture

I was really surprised how tasty this was and so easy! I added chickpeas as commented by a few people below and the meal was really tasty

ashmeps's picture

This is a regular in our household, absolutely love it and makes a difference to your normal mince dishes. As others, I think a few changes make this dish perfect. We use fresh aubergines and cook in a hot oven for 30 mins (turned half way through), then snip them with a pair of scissors and add half way through 20 minute simmer time. We also add a lamb stock cube and 1/4 pint boiling water, as suggested by others. Serve with salad and/or pitta/chunky bread. Lovely!

dwatson27's picture

Made this again tonight. Used fresh aubergine, chopped and added halfway through cooking. Served with plain boiled rice, feta cheese and chopped mint.

mouse38's picture

Thought I didn't really like aubergine until I tried this! Couldn't get a jar of aubergine so bought fresh and chopped and pan fried before adding to the lamb mince (didn't bother with the rinsing and salting etc prior to cooking and it still tasted great). Added an extra bit of water to the mince mixture during cooking to stop it drying up - but apart from that the recipe was perfect and was a definite hit with everyone at the table!

arnie_pipe's picture

With a few simple tweaks, this is amazing! I took into account many of the comments below, and added half a can of chickpeas and a lamb stock cube dissolved in 1/4 pint of water (max). I also didn't bother trying to hunt down a jar of aubergine, and just grilled one myself and stirred it in with the chickpeas towards the end of the cooking time.
I served it with couscous and a green salad. Personally I preferred it without the feta and mint, but maybe that's just me.
Simple, quick and really tasty - so I'll be making it again!

abunzl's picture

This is a fantastic family dish :-) I actually used fresh aubergines, which I halved lengthways, drizzled with olive oil and baked in a hot oven for 25 mins, then chopped and added to the mince. I also added some par boiled potatoes, which I diced and added to make the dish go further! My 3 yo gobbled it down including the aubergine :-)

nanaskitchenrecipes's picture

This is delicious, made it for the family and they all loved it, this will be a regular in my home now. thank you for sharing this recipe.

laura_howard's picture

This was one of the best, new recipes I've made in a long time.

Made it with beef mince, and put the sliced aubergine under the grill before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

sarahjs7's picture

Made this with beef mince and an aubergine, really tasty, needed half the feta cheese amount as that tasted quite strong but a great dish overall, served with rice.

mademoisielle's picture

Delicious! I used minced beef and fresh aubergines (cut in cubes and baked in olive oil) and soft feta cheese which I mixed with the sauce, very much recommended!

lovelylina's picture

Really yummy and easy to cook. Full of flavour. I added chickpeas and lamb stock as others recommended and served with toasted pitta bread. Very tasty dinner, would definitely recommend.

ashmeps's picture

As others, I modified this by using fresh aubergines (sliced, brushed with oil and baked), adding a diced courgette, and a lamb stock cube dissolved in 1/4 pint of boiling water. I also left out the mint. It was easy and truly gorgeous!

frowne's picture

Very tasty. I added sweet paprika and a little bit of all spice, delish.

samantha.jones's picture

This is awesome, the best meal i'v cooked in a while

somersetness's picture

I didn't have any aubergine so used some grilled peppers - was described as delicious and amazing by my kids!

panixx's picture

Cooked it many times and we like it very much (my kids love it). I use fresh aubergine, cut it into slices and bake before adding to the tomatoe sauce.

suzannecalder's picture

Such a tasty dish. I added the tomato puree before the tinned tomatoes and cinnamon and cooked it out for a minute. I also used fresh aubergine and sliced it thinly, pan frying it on both sides for a couple of minutes before adding it to the dish. And finally I added a pinch of sugar to counteract the bitterness of the tomatoes.

yasmin70's picture

Delicious. I used a fresh aubegine and fried it in chunks with the onion and garlic and mince left it in the pan whilst simmering in the tomatoes, etc. Added a lamb stock cube with a little boiled water also and served it with couscous. I think the feta and mint finished the dish perfectly. Couscous nice with a handful of chopped mint stirred through it also. Will make this regularly now.

dwatson27's picture

Made this for first time tonight. Fried off minced lamb and drained before cooking onions and garlic. Never cooked fresh aubergine before. Salted it as advised by many. Rinsed and dried as per advice from more experienced cooks. Food was fabulous! Needed extra fluid though so added a little lamb stock. Crisp salad and toasted pittas great! Another great recipe! So simple and so tasty! Will be making again soon :)

snoble's picture

Yummy! I felt it was vastly improved by the addition of half a can of chick peas which 'earthed' the overall flavour of this dish, My fussy 7 year old gave it top marks.


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pockadoodledo's picture

If you can't find chargrilled aubergines in a jar; buy whole aubergines, chop them in half and roast them for 30 mins...chop them into smaller chunks & add to meat as in recipe!