Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 35 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6

Entertaining doesn't have to equal stress, this spruced up one-pot is perfect for people with little time for preparation

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
696
protein
40g
carbs
58g
fat
36g
saturates
16g
fibre
4g
sugar
7g
salt
0.68g

Ingredients

  • 1kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or 1 tsp dried
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1.2l hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 400g orzo (see know-how below)
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Cut the lamb into 4cm chunks, then spread over the base of a large, wide casserole dish. Add the onions, oregano, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and olive oil, then stir well. Bake, uncovered, for 45 mins, stirring halfway.
  2. Pour over the chopped tomatoes and stock, cover tightly, then return to the oven for 1½ hrs, until the lamb is very tender.
  3. Remove the cinnamon sticks, then stir in the orzo. Cover again, then cook for a further 20 mins, stirring halfway through. The orzo should be cooked and the sauce thickened. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2008

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lyncha1's picture
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Yummy! Don't know I'd call it Greek though. The whole family loved it, including two fussy kids.

katerinay5's picture

Couldn't be more Greek.

car0lyn76's picture
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Made this for a party, only change was we cooked the last step on the hob as we didn't have enough space in the oven with other dishes. Result was delicious. Everyone really enjoyed it. We did use Orzo. Would make again, definitely.

carolinenelson's picture

I am confused - should the orzo be barley or a pasta? it looks like pasta in the photos. Does it make a difference to cooking time?

paulmellouie's picture

Orzo is also know as risoni in Australia, found it in Woolies 'macro' organic range in pasta the isle.

moggydrip's picture

Delicious! I made this as an alternative Sunday lunch. Served with crusty bread, the whole pot was finished off by 4 adults. Never had orzo before. I found it in Waitrose in the pasta section. It was gorgeous, really silky and worked perfectly with the lamb. Try this, you will not be disappointed!

lenamyers's picture
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Yum yum!!! Just have polished off this dish and it is sooooo nice! Silky, fragrant, aromatic flavour, meat falling off the fork! 100% recommend!

lulubee's picture
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Just delicious, and very easy!

sophiepayne's picture

Made this for Saturday night and ate with the Greek salad as suggested - absolutely delicious! We found orzo in Sainsburys (despite being told by two separate members of staff that they didn't stock it!). Just look out for the blue merchant gourmet packets. We will be making this again very soon!

pammatthews's picture

Very easy and tastes really good. Everyone liked it. Will do again.

cheeselover3's picture

I made this recipe when I had friends visit, it was absolutely gorgeous with such unusual flavour.

mautycka's picture
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Lovely and easy, fantastic success!

aaylett's picture
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This was gorgeous - even though I forgot all about the parmesan until the morning after! I bought the orzo in Asda. The shoulder had the bone in but my lovely husband cut all the meat off for me. Will see if I can buy this meat ready prepared in future because I am definitely cooking this agin.

beccamoore123's picture

Can anyone tell me please - Is the lamb boneless shoulder? Or bone in chopped up?
Thanks!

marrwyck's picture

I have cooked this dish twice. 1st time I found it a bit dry & the 2nd time I tweaked the recipe & it was delicious.

I only used a 1LB of Lamb as I cook for the 2 of us.

I mixed the lamb with a couple of teaspoons of Mrs. Balls Original South African Chutney then left it for a couple of hours before proceeding with the recipe.

At stage 2 of the recipe I added a jar of Al'fez Apricot and Coriander Authentic Moroccan Tagine Sauce & I only used 1 pint of Bouillon Vegetable stock.

For us this dish turned out to be delicious the 2nd time around & I will be cooking this dish again.

rachelchamberlain14's picture
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Best dish in the world!!! Easiest and tastiest meal ever how i love greek yvetsi! i couldnt find my greek recipe so tried this but put some red wine in and a little water in with the lamb and onions etc when cooking it for the suggested time of 45 mins as this is what i do with all my meat and it didnt disappoint the meat was sooo tender...def make this meal and save loads for the next day it tastes even better

emmaturnbull's picture
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Made this with leftover barbequed lamb (still pink inside), and cooked the dish on the hob. Cooked the onions etc first, added the lamb with the tomatoes and stock and reduced the cooking time. Loved how the orzo turned a liquid sauce into something substantial, and it tasted fine, but neither husband or I would hurry to have this again. Judging from other reviews we're in a minority - perhaps the longer cooking time and raw lamb are the way forward for this dish. It does work with cooked lamb, but definitely not a 5 star dish.

mikedacook's picture
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Great dish - cooked it loads
Orza hard to find (I thought it was a spelling mistake but Ouzo just doesn't do the trick!).
You can sometimes find it in Tescos but alternative small pasta shapes will do - Semi Di Melone from my local Deli (Matta's) works fine. I also add mushrooms and bacon.
I intend making it with Aubergines as a veggie alternative but not got beyond the meat counter so far.

santac's picture
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Love it! Easy & so tasty - loads left to freeze to. Really liked it with the salad too

dashna21's picture
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I tweaked this receipe slightly. I put a little crushed garlic, ground cumin and corriander powder and chilli flakes for the heat and found it brought the flavours out of the lamb. i also garnished with fresh corriander. Delcious except next time i'd use less cinnamon. My one year enjoyed it too.

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