Greek lamb & macaroni bake

Greek lamb & macaroni bake

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 6

A cross between moussaka and macaroni cheese, this thrifty Mediterranean pasta bake makes for a hearty meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal548
  • fat21g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein33g
  • salt1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lean lamb mince
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 beef or lamb stock cube
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano



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

  • 400g macaroni
  • 250g tub ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 50g parmesan, grated



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

  • 50ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • garlic bread, to serve (optional)



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then tip in the lamb mince, turn up the heat and brown, breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon.

  2. Once the lamb is browned, add the cinnamon, crumbled stock cube, tomatoes and oregano. Stir well and simmer for 15 mins, covered, then for 15 mins, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened and the tomatoes have cooked down.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following pack instructions. Drain well. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

  4. Mix together the ricotta, most of the parmesan and the milk with plenty of seasoning, and stir into the macaroni. Tip the mince into a large baking dish, top with the macaroni mixture, and scatter over the remaining parmesan. Bake for 30 mins until golden and bubbling. Serve hot with garlic bread, if you like.

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11th Mar, 2019
Worked well for me. Used red onions as that was that was to hand, and made the dish as half the recipe quantities. I didn't layer it, just mixed up the whole lot and baked it, and it was tasty. The ricotta made a pleasant change from the sometimes over-cloying cheddar recipes. I'd probably reduce the pasta quantity by about a third next time, but this recipe is a keeper.
26th Feb, 2019
I tried this with a few variations. I added carrots to give it bit more texture. I also added some siracha to give it a little after kick. I added some smoked paprika to the macaroni cheese and used cheddar and parmesan to get a nice and cheesy top. Really good recipe. I would use less pasta and more mince and have a thinner layer of the macaroni cheese on the top next time.
6th Jan, 2019
Love this dish, super fast and easy to make, great taste - even my fussy 10 year old loves it! I use half turkey mince, half lamb to make it slightly healthier, doesn’t compromise on flavour.
5th Jan, 2018
Virtually a weekly favourite, kids (2 and 4) love it. Many thanks for the recipe!
4th Oct, 2017
I just use the meat part as a lamb Bolognese. so much more flavour than a normal Bolognese.
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3rd Jun, 2017
I followed the recipe as stated. To be fair, I can't see what the ricotta cheese added to this dish and probably wouldn't bother with it next time. But other than that, I found it very simple to do and very tasty. I will certainly make it again. (Might add a little chilli next time though.)
7th Sep, 2018
I used Mascarpone, personal preference. But, you need the cream cheese to make the cheese sauce for the pasta?
6th May, 2017
Very Nice! Enjoyed this and it really does taste very Greeky! I used extra Ground Cinamon and Garlic which really made it lovely!
29th Sep, 2016
Very nice! Added some extra spices and garlic and me and my husband really enjoyed it!
20th Apr, 2016
Soon good added a few more things such as carrots, peppers and a little chilli. My other half does not like cinnamon so i always replace this with nutmeg. definitely making again


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