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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lizzafezza's picture
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Really tasty and simple dish. I served it with the olive, caper and feta salad which goes really well.

leilam's picture

Had friends round for this on Saturday night- they loved it. Very tasty and authentic Greek taste. I cooked mine in my slow cooker for 3 hours. Will definitely make this again.

maggid's picture
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An absolutely delicious recipe. I couldn't find orzo, so used a mixture of rice spelt & barley, marketed by Gallo as 3 grains (Sainsburys). It worked really well!

tracew23's picture

Abosolutely lovely. I had loads left over and felt it actually improved the next day. The orzo soaked up all the juices and the flavours seemed to intensify. I just chilled and reheated it. Will definitely make again and wouldn't hesitate to serve it for friends. I also found orzo in Tesco

letsdolunch's picture

Fab

Got the Orzo in world food aisle at tesco

krazylegs's picture

Have been to every supermarket in my town and not one of them stocks orzo (not even sainsburys) - used risotto rice and it was ok but would like to try it properly as I already cook loads of different risottos so would like to try something different. Flavour wise very good and reminded me of greece as I always eat at family run tavernas rather than english bars when away

annette2's picture
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I made this in advance for a stress free family get together. It is lovely. Will certainly do it again.

osullipm's picture
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This is lovely. Very easy to do. My 2 year old asked for more !

caroledearsley's picture
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Fantastic- was a great hit, very tasty and unusual. made mine in advance which makes for a stress free dinner party. I also served it with the feta salad which is all it needs - try it!

squashedtomatoe's picture
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Made this four times now for anyone who loves Greece this takes you straight back there. Very easy to make -now on my favourite list.

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