Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 35 mins

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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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal696
  • fat36g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein40g
  • salt0.68g
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  • 1kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 onion, sliced



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

  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or 1 tsp dried



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1.2l hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 400g orzo (see know-how below)
  • freshly grated Parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (214)

embles's picture

Really lovely dish. I fried the onions and browned the meat before starting. Next time I might use powdered cinnamon so the kids aren't spitting bits of stick out!
Enjoyed by all this is going to become a standby dish for weekend family or entertaining.

emilyhadden's picture

this is a fab recipe, we discovered it a few weeks ago and have made it 5 times already! tesco world food aisle has orzo, gotta use that as the texture is amazing

d41d0y's picture

Oh yes and instead of orzo I used risoni pasta!

d41d0y's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! So easy and tasty. Wonder if anyone has tried making this with beef as lamb is hard to get here in Norway out of season?

dancingbunny's picture

Really delicious flavours and textures. I accidentally bought leg of lamb instead of shoulder but it was absolutely fine. Instead of the cinammon powder I put in half a teaspoon of greek moussaka mix instead which I brought home form a greek holiday which worked great. I found orzo in Waitrose. I actually made mine in the slow cooker and I put the meat, stock, tomatoes onions and spices in for about 3-4 hours on high and then added the orzo and went out for 4 hours. When I got back it was just perfect. There is a tiny bit left over which I'm looking forward to trying tomorrow. Would definitely make again!

emma052's picture

Absolutely delicious!..we all loved this recipe, so easy and lamb was sooo tasty. I served it with the suggested feta salad and pitta's with a greek yoghurt dip. Is most definatley now one of our favourites!!! (Oh and found Orzo in Tesco's specialist world food aisle) You have to try it...........

cam2507's picture

This was very good and I loved the orzo - first time I had tried it and I really enjoyed it in this dish. It was very "lamby" tho - I would add some other flavours and probably another tin of tomato, some tomato puree and less stock. I also addded a glass of red wine, a bouquet garni and used fresh and dried oregano.

Went down a storm with my dinner party guests who all asked for seconds and the recipe!

minkyminou's picture

YYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM YUM!!!! I added a sliced red pepper and roasted in the pan with the other bits at the start. So easy to make.

beenerama's picture

I get orzo from Waitrose, I've never seen it at my local Tesco.

tramtrish's picture

I love this dish; have made it many times. Good, reliable recipe.

911mum's picture

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

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

Forgot to say - also great with beef, or even chicken!

indrielangel's picture

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

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

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


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