Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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(145 ratings)

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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Ingredients

  • 1kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 onion, sliced

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or 1 tsp dried

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    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

    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

    parm-ee-zan

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

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.

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Comments (209)

savylot's picture
4

For a family of fussy eaters, this went down really well. Easy to make and filling. I used lamb fillet, which has much less fat content than shoulder. Only problem now is getting hold of Orzo - my local Tesco's no longer stocks it.

kissyb's picture

Made this for Mother-in-Law and Brother-in-Law and his wife a couple of days after my Father-in-Law's funeral as we needed cheering up a bit. Used tiny soup pasta as I couldn't get orzo, but think I put it in too soon as it was a bit stodgy. Still, it was absolutely delicious and everybody loved it. Served it with the salad as recommended - fantastic!!!

jennakeane's picture
5

Very nice, kids loved it.

gillwhittaker's picture

YOU CAN GET ORZO EASILY THROUGH THE RICK STEINS SHOP WEB SITE . NOT ALOT FOR POSTAGE EITHER COMPARED TO SOME OTHER FOOD WEBSITES

alexandraswift's picture
5

delicious, used bone in cubes of lamb for extra authenticity, and cooked it in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high.

lacath's picture
5

i made it yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. At first as i was preparing the ingredients i was scared, so much cinnamon... As it was cooking in the oven, the smell was so powerful i got more and more scared : much too much cinnamon... And finally, il was so perfect in the mouth...
The orzo i used is called "avoinette" in French. i also saw it called "risoni". A 5-star casserole indeed!
Cath

eileenmary's picture

I first tasted this recipe in Rhodes many years ago and have been making it ever since. Everyone I've cooked it for loves it. If you live in the London area you can get Orzo (also called Puntaletta) from Greek or Italian deli's - I get mine from Lina Stores in Brewer Street.

grungle's picture

I make this quite a bit at home (was taught how to make it by hubby's greek family) - I have found that I actually prefer it with diced beef rather than the lamb! Also, I cook it in a clay pot in the oven for about 2 hours, boil the orzo on the hob with onions, and then add that to the meat & sauce in the clay pot, put back in the oven for 10 mins for the orzo to absorb some of the sauce, and it's sooo good with some crusty bread!

vikkibriggs86's picture
5

If your looking for Orzo rice use the website oilandmore.co.uk They sell it, it's called Grana di Riso 500g. Yum Yum YUM! my favourite dish from Greece by far!

seward's picture

Found it ! After hours on the internet I've found Orzo by mail order from www.wallysdeli.co.uk. (recommended by the Daily Telegraph to someone who had written in asking where they could get it ). Too late for my planned supper party so I'll try some of your other suggestions and if I like the dish I'll order some.
p.s. Don't tell anyone...I don't want them to run out before I put my order in !

barney123's picture
5

This recipe is a real winner. Delicious.

chedges's picture
2

I thought this dish tasted a bit weird, not really my cup of tea. I think it was the taste of cinnamon with the chunks of lamb-and the orzo was quite starchy. I had really high expectations of this but I wont be cooking again.

stephrea's picture
5

My tip is if you find orzo buy loads of it... cause you will want to make this recipe again and again.. We all love it even my four year old eats it!! I found orzo in Tesco for making it the first time, went back to get some more... none to be found!! so I used a very small macaroni, worked just as well... but I liked the orzo better!

sue123m's picture
5

we really liked the tender lamb and the flavours.

celjohnston's picture
5

Fantastic dish, really easy to put together with just a few storecupboard essentials and the end result was so impressive and loved by everyone it fed! The lamb becomes so incredibly tender - i can't wait to make this again!

merrysee's picture

Haven't made this dish as yet, but most definately will, i found orzo in asda. I'll be making this one very soon.

martagnan's picture

This is a great dish and went down a storm with the family. I tried it again but added a handful of black olives a single medium chilli and a glug of red wine and the response was even better!

gtcandlarmstrongs's picture

Made it first time with risotto rice, as also couldnt find Orzo anywhere. Tasty. But just returned from Corfu where I made it with Orzo which is in every supermarket out there. Even tastier! Greek friends thought it was delicous and have asked for the recipe! Am doing a greek night at the weekend for friends, of course have stocked up with Orzo in huge quantities! Delicous.

amcoop's picture
5

LOVE this dish!! I have cooked it several times now for friends and family and everybody wants the recipe. It's so easy to make and tastes fantastic. Lamb melts in the mouth. Freezes well too. A firm family favourite.

Got my Orzo from Tesco with no problem.

vanessa_allan's picture
5

This is dish is delicious - made it twice now. The lamb becomes lovely and tender for the long slow cooking. Try it now!!

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