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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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.

cath34980's picture

Excellent! I made the lamb as per instructions and added it to the Aubergine curry with fresh tomato & coriander - it was delicious!

daisyeatslots1's picture

Very easy!! I've never been to Greece but I loved this!! I think my lid wasn't tight so a touch dry, I'll add more liquid to compensate next time. Lamb was tender though. I found the Orzo in the third Tesco I tried, in the pasta aisle, I think it depends on where you live as to which branch stocks it. Well worth finding as it gives body and texture. Like a grain on steroids! I made home made Greek bread to go with it (also very easy)x

bloonoo's picture

Absolutely loved this dish, so easy to make. I used Arborio risotto rice instead as Orzo was very expensive in Sainos, and worked just as well (have had it with orzo previously). lots of compliments from my friends and there were enough leftovers for dinner the next day. yum yum!

darrenbell284's picture
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Absolutely loved this, only just finished second portions! The flavours are intense and exciting, work perfectly with the lamb.

sarahk's picture
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A few problems. The flavours were great but the finished dish was far too dry. I did reduce the amount of orzo as sugeested to 350g. I will try again. Less orzo (300g) and some other tweeks might improve the moisture content. A good dish but not good enough for entertaining in it's present mode.

dashaplatt's picture
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Fantastic recipe and now one of my favourites!
I did make a few changes, though: I fry the lamb in batches before putting in the casserole pot. Then I fry the onions and 4-5 crushed garlic cloves. Add 1/2 tsp each of red chili flakes and coarse ground pepper, fry for a minute then add the stock (made up with ~300ml dry white wine) and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Pour into pot and cook from there. I also find it is better to put the cinnamon sticks in muslin so they are easy to remove. And as suggested by earlier reviewers, I find that ~300g of orzo is just about right.
Thank you, Mary Cadogan!

susied51's picture
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We had a crowd round for my husbands birthday earlier this year. We decided to have a cook-off with this recipe (I cooked) and my husband's favourite - chilli (he cooked).......I won! Excellent dish, had left overs next day - tasted even better. Had to use short pasta but it didn't matter. Made the greek salad to go with it too - delicious!

saschlet's picture
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Awesome. Went down really well! Used lamb steaks but they worked just as well as didn't want to buy a whole 1kg shoulder. Found orzo by the pasta, not in the "world food" section.

deluca's picture

Cant wait to try this I have spent 3 months looking for orzo and found it on Bolton Market there is a Greek stall in the inside market near the bus station

kathy535's picture
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I made this (half quantities) for me and my husband. I accidently used too much in the way of tomatoes but it still tasted lovely with tender, soft lamb. The reason it doesn't get more stars is that the texture was rather odd from the orzo, husband hated it but I really liked it!

shoegalclaire's picture
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Amazing dish! My family and I absolutely adore Greek Food! This was extremely tasty and the lamb was so tender. Orzo very nice and adds a nice extra element to the dish. Great recipe!

kazza690's picture
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No doubt one of the best i've made off here

dean66's picture

I've been dating a woman now for 8 weeks and have decided to cook here a nice meal. She is infact from cyprus and often mentions greek food, To be honest i have never really tasted greek food, and am a bit worried that i may just cock things up :), i guess reading this recipe i cant really go wrong so i will try it as a first meal...Thanks for this..

rainbowstorm's picture
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This was bland and dry, but modified version was good:

Browned meat first.

Added red wine, pepper, and garlic.

Used half the amount of orzo.

Olive and feta salad was perfect.

tastychops's picture

This dish was wonderful, I certainly will be making it again as it went down well with the whole houshold. Simple and a one pan delicious dish..

ewingthomson's picture
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Just made this dish and followed the recipe exactly, which is unusual for me. Absolutely fantastic with the Orzo Pasta, not as good with rice. I will add a bit more Cinnamon next time.

ihatecooking1's picture

I'm about to make this for tonight's dinner- I'm going to put it into the slow cooker for a few hours but just to let you all know ORZO is sold at waitrose!! - along with many other hard to find pastas and rices :)

magdalenas's picture
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This is a wow factor yet easy recipe that will earn you lots of compliments. Perfect for a laid back dinner with friends. Highly recommended

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