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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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.

jo_ryan's picture
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I went to three tesco's and couldn't find orzo but used rice, barley and spelt mixture. I also tasted half way thro and decided it needed more oregano and cinammon and lots of seasoning. I cooked for three hours on 140 and it really was nice. Lots of great comments. good recipe.

lizandphilip's picture

Used fresh rosemary instead of oregano as this is perfect with lamb. Also added garlic, carrots and leeks with the (fresh) tomatoes and used lamb stock cube as this really enhances the flavour. Served with a Greek salad - a perfect dish to grace any dinner table and all in one pot. 5 stars. Liz currently living in Turkey.

corney32's picture
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Fantastic - my whole family (includes 1 year old and 5 year old boys) loved it. I did it in my slow cooker all day (7 hours: high then low - I halved the amount of stock, as slow cookers retain so much moisture, and I added the tomatoes & stock after about 3 hours, and the Orzo for the last 30 mins). Only thing I might do differently is to add some more veg next time (maybe courgettes or celery) in order to try and increase vegetable intake around here. Otherwise fabulous though.

shenal's picture

This is a great recipe, so tasty and easy. Used trofie first time as couldn't find orzo, just as nice. Found orzo on a eastern med market stall. Firm favourite for summer family meals outside, with crusty bread. Everyone just digs in.

kerryburnett's picture
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We loved it! Very tasty. I chucked in some red pepper for extra veg, but most veg would work.

teresag1963's picture
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I really enjoyed this the lamb was so tender. There was far too much orzo, next time I would halve the amount for sure. I will definately make this again but with 200g of orzo.

debbys's picture
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Really tasty, but made it in advance & so during the waiting the orzo seemed to soak up all of the liquid, so too much pasta, not enough meat. Will put less orzo in it in future.
The accompanying salad though was really good!

For those struggling with finding orzo, I live in New Zealand & it is sold as Risoni in my local supermarket.

elizabethcoleman's picture

This recipe is fantastic. We first had it served to us by a friend who gave me the recipe - (I have since subscribed to the good food mag!) so easy and tasty. I have found it very had to find orzo except online in large quantities and high postage costs, so I have substituted it with small sized pasta. Great slow cooker meal aswell which can be made in advance and stored to finish by putting in the pasta later. Marvellous!

wilko30's picture
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I browned the lamb and onions in a little bit of olive oil first. I thought it was a little bland so I added a splash of white wine and a teaspoon of mint sauce before the orzo stage. It turned out to be a really nice wholesome mid week supper. I had never used orzo before but both of us were impressed.

cazstanley's picture
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Made this for our Greek Night. It was delicious. There's a fantastic website - rizosonline.co.uk where you can get tonnes of speciality greek goodies, and they were very helpful!!
Will definitely be making this again.

catrov's picture

Made it for my family on Mother's Day. Found the Orzo (eventually) at a local deli. Tasted fantastic - even my fussy brother loved it. Had some left over, and I agree, it tasted even better re-heated the next day in the microwave. Will be making this again!

mssteel's picture
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I added chopped garlic and chilly flakes to mine and the result was scrumptuous.

ericax's picture
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This was really nice. i made it for mothers day and everyone cleared their plates. couldn't find orzo anywhere, and found it difficult to track down any simular products to i used risotto rice. the was so tender, it just fell apart which was lovely, but i found the rice a bit heavy and stodgy.
Next time i would definately try with orzo, but it was still very yummy!

hedgehog77's picture
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Loved this- the meat was really tender and benefited from the slow cooking- although next time I might reduce the amount of orzo. i simply couldnt fit any more than 1/2 a litre of stock in my biggest casserole with everything else so although the orzo cooked it didn't leave a lot of residual sauce.

The cinnamon was not too overpowering And there was plenty left over for the next day

kategilbey's picture

Absolutely gorgeous..I should have made more!!!!!! I used small pasta shapes and it worked really well. Cant wait to have it again.

stockman's picture
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Very easy to make and very tasty, the flavour seemed to deepen when cooked the day before. Couldn't get hold of any Orzo so used Risotto rice and used too much, couldn't see the lamb for the rice. Have managed to get some Orzo so will make it again this weekend.

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