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)

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

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

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

emilybillson's picture

I usually use two tins of tomatoes, mainly because I love tomatoes! I have also tried using boned lamb, cubed before cooking it and this works well and means that it is easier to serve. This recipe is just fabulous, everyone I have cooked it for LOVES it!

emkempe's picture

Great recipe. But I'll cut back a bit on the orzo next time.

wendywoods's picture

I cooked this recipe on Saturday for good friends who love good food. They asked for the recipe - that says it all. I couldn't find orzo so I used Puntette 23 which worked really well. Next time I cook this recipe I shall use my slow cooker.

janice_geddes's picture

Can't get orzo anywhere, very frustrating!

janice_geddes's picture

Can't get orzo anywhere, very frustrating!

wendywoods's picture

I cooked this recipe on Saturday night for good friends who love good food - they asked for the recipe - that says it all!!! Couldn't find orzo so used Puntette 23 - a tiny pasta which worked really well. Will try recipe in my slow cooker next time.

blulou's picture

really disappointing - think the cinnamon should be either/or as that is all you can taste. Cinnamon alone does not a greek dish maketh.

hstanton's picture

does anyone know where I can buy orzo in the Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset areas -
or Chippenham, Wiltshire??
Been looking for 2yrs now. Do not want to pay inflated internet p&p prices.

lynnster's picture

Great recipe, really easy, and the kids loved it too

dixonl's picture


You say you cooked the lamb for 3 hours in a slow cooker, at what tempature?? low, med, or high??

maureenchalmers's picture

Love the chuck it all in a pot recipe, but thought it lacked a depth of flavour
and could have benefited from browning meat
and par cooking onions first .
definitely better second day. Will try again though.

mayjane's picture

Absolutely agree with the comments. I also got orzo from tesco, I hadn't used it before and have since added it to other dishes. This dish just takes you straight back to Greece - fantastic.

hoodfood's picture

Gone straight onto my favourites list. Tasted wonderful, and even better next day when microwaved for lunch. Plan to make it when friends come to lunch - it is so easy I will be unbelievably relaxed!

sarahcookerybook's picture

One for domestic (greek) goddesses! Really easy to make and left my house filled with a wonderful lingering cinammon aroma. I also didn't find any orzo in my back-of-beyond location - "Or-what?" so used trusty risotto rice instead. At least it looked like the picture and tasted scrummy. PS: it tastes even better the next day.

verityboak's picture

According to the April GF, half a teaspoon of grd cinnamon should be used.


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