Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(110 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins


Serves 4
Try this rich, hearty and quick variation on the classic family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat39g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.31g
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  • 2 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, finely chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 400g/14oz can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 200g/7oz jar chargrilled aubergines in olive oil, drained and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 200g/7oz pack feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Brown the mince: Heat the oil in a large, shallow pan. Toss in the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the mince and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until browned.

  2. Season and simmer: Tip the tomatoes into the pan and stir in the tomato purée and cinnamon, then season generously with salt and pepper. Leave the mince to simmer for 20 minutes, adding the aubergines half way through.

  3. To serve: Sprinkle the crumbled feta and chopped mint over the mince. Bring the moussaka to the table as the feta melts and serve it with a crunchy green salad and toasted pitta.

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28th Sep, 2018
Delicious and very easy recipe. Don't miss out the feta or mint, added so much to it and the mint made it taste so fresh. I'm veggie, and just substituted the lamb for frozen veggie mince, worked perfectly. I served with toasted pitta bread. Yum.
23rd Sep, 2018
Absolutely delicious, made it when a friend came over for dinner, she left clutching the recipe. I used aubergines from a jar & served with salad & homemade flatbread.
3rd Jul, 2018
A bit tasteless. Won't be repeating.
31st Mar, 2018
Absolutely delicious! Very simple, and would make an impressive dinner party dish. The guests will think you slaved for hours to make it. My only negative is that if you are feeding people like my family who want lots of meat, this amount is probably only enough for 3. I used beef mince and a lamb oxo (couldn't find lamb mince here in Texas) and also used the fresh aubergine because the jarred kind don't exist here. I did simmer it with the lid on for about 1 hour, to ensure the aubergine was tender. My picky husband kept commenting all the time it was cooking that moussaka has to be cooked in an oven, but when it came to eating it he couldn't help but love it!
16th Mar, 2018
Very tasty mince. I added some cider so that it didn't dry out too much, and used mixed spice coz I'd run out of plain cinnamon but the result was still lovely. I sprinkled a bit of sumac on to serve, which added to the Middle Eastern flavour.
7th Mar, 2018
I love this recipe - I've been making it for a couple of years now on a very regular basis and it still goes down a treat! A per most of the below, I couldn't find the jar of aubergines, but I did manage to find chargrilled aubergine pesto (next to the other 'normal' pesto) and I also use that jar and fill it with water (to get out the last bits, and to make the mixture a bit more liquid)
20th Jan, 2018
I don't know if I would go to the effort of making proper moussaka now I have this recipe! We used frozen Aubergine slices, rather than jarred ones, which worked well. I have also tried it with Quorn mince which worked well too.
25th Sep, 2017
Made this a number of times now and it's always a winner! Stick to recipe but with extra garlic. Made a double batch yesterday to box up for family to take home with them. So easy to make if you do your prep right. 5 stars
12th Jun, 2017
Really tasty!
11th Dec, 2016
Very tasty. Cooked as per recipe but with an aubergine sliced drizzled and grilled. Does anyone use the ones in a jar? Served with potatoes and peas as it was too cold for salad!


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21st Sep, 2013
If you can't find chargrilled aubergines in a jar; buy whole aubergines, chop them in half and roast them for 30 mins...chop them into smaller chunks & add to meat as in recipe!
20th Jan, 2018
Frozen aubergines worked well, too!