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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tramtrish's picture
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I love this dish; have made it many times. Good, reliable recipe.

911mum's picture
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Having found this can;t wait to try it. I must admit, I always bring a couple of packets of Orzo back from Greece with me.

isle54's picture

For people who are having trouble finding 'orzo' it's just plain old barley!

I don't know why they don't just use the most common/English name, it's daft.

susyliz's picture

made this for the 3rd time this weekend for supper with friends. Fantastic as before! the flavours are so good, but superb if made the day before and chilled in the fridge before reheating. The salad suggested complements the whole dish. Everyone enjoyed it!

ellysetchell's picture
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The rave reviews persuaded me to make this recipe, but to be honest I was disappointed. Should've followed someone else's tip and added chilli and red wine to give it a bit more taste. Won't make again

karencap's picture

Lovely recipe, just got back from Rhodes and tracked down this recipe after eating something very similar on holiday... very authentic. I would add more cinnamon next time. Found orzo in a large Asda store in the pasta isle no problem. Boyfriend loved it, daughter loved it, even 8 month old twin grandbabies loved it, the lamb is so soft and the orzo nice and small, ideal for weaning!

indrielangel's picture
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Forgot to say - also great with beef, or even chicken!

indrielangel's picture
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I live in Greece, and made this for my family, who all thought it was great and authentic-tasting. It's also authentic made with short macaroni-type pasta. I didn't add the cinnamon sticks, just the powdered stuff, and I thought it had plenty of cinnamon taste. Instead of Parmesan, why not try Feta - I crumbled this over the top and it was perfect.

tokyo20040's picture

I absolutuely adore this reciepe made it last night for the family. went down a treat would definelty recommend making it is so easy

nigelladickson's picture
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Absolutely delicious! took on board suggestions and added a little fresh chilli , red wine, a red pepper and a courgette. Also, only added about a third of the quantity of orzo suggested and it was perfect. We had it with Gregg Wallace's Simple Greek Salad and some fresh bread. Wonderful meal.

faypeacock's picture
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Really nice flavours - the cinammon doesn't make it too sweet. I got my orzo from Harvey Nichols.

clairey09's picture
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This recipe went down very well indeed! I made it for 5 people and there was still some left over, I too had a problem finding the Orzo pasta but got it in Waitrose in the end. Very tasty, the lamb was cooked to perfection, and the parmesan finished it off beautifully. I made a greek salad to go on the side and the feta cheese really complimented the meal. Will definitely cook this again! :O))))

jo_c_d's picture
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We really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to making it again. I butchered lamb shoulder for the first time to make this. I did cut a corner to save on time by browning the lamb and onion first before putting it in the oven. I couldn't find orzo in my supermarket so I bought small pasta called Conchigliette. The lamb was really tender and the dish was very tasty.

sultankaa's picture
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I made this with risotto rice and didn't put any cheese on top. My husband doesn't usually eat lamb but he loved it! Will cook it with orzo next time.

alexevans1's picture
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This should be rated as easy. Enjoyed by all. Couldn't find orzo in Tesco so used risotto rice and reduced quantity as others comments. I've since found Ocado sells it so I'll try it next time. Also left out the cinnamon sticks and added slightly extra ground cinnamon. Served with greek salad and fresh bread.

kerriebaby's picture

This recipe is lovely, dead easy but so tasty (and morish, 4 of us devoured the lot)

deffo one for my recipe folder

coachouse's picture
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Very disappointing. Not 'spiced' enough and far too much pasta. I added some allspice, garlic and extra oregano to try and give the dish some flavour. Result was not worth the effort and time it took to make. Final dish was bordering on being too dry. Next day it needed added water to render it edible.

vikster1967's picture
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whole family liked this, which is a rarity, so will make again.

cathyfishcake's picture
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Made this for the 1st time last night and it was a real hit, took us straight back to Greece! Easy to prepare but quite impressive to eat. Will try it out on friends next time.

ruthwaite's picture

My partner had a similar dish in a Greek restaurant last night and at the time I wished I'd have chosen it too. Couldn't resist cooking it today after discovering it on the BBC site! Fabulous dish, so easy and so full of flavours, my partner liked it more than his restaurant equivalent. I added only one cinnamon stick to avoid over flavouring and used neck fillet of lamb which added to cooking time. This is high on my recipe list now for family and entertaining.

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