Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(120 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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5th Oct, 2013
Delicious! I used minced beef and fresh aubergines (cut in cubes and baked in olive oil) and soft feta cheese which I mixed with the sauce, very much recommended!
3rd Oct, 2013
Really yummy and easy to cook. Full of flavour. I added chickpeas and lamb stock as others recommended and served with toasted pitta bread. Very tasty dinner, would definitely recommend.
24th Sep, 2013
As others, I modified this by using fresh aubergines (sliced, brushed with oil and baked), adding a diced courgette, and a lamb stock cube dissolved in 1/4 pint of boiling water. I also left out the mint. It was easy and truly gorgeous!
16th Jul, 2013
Very tasty. I added sweet paprika and a little bit of all spice, delish.
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11th Jul, 2013
This is awesome, the best meal i'v cooked in a while
25th Jun, 2013
I didn't have any aubergine so used some grilled peppers - was described as delicious and amazing by my kids!
30th May, 2013
Cooked it many times and we like it very much (my kids love it). I use fresh aubergine, cut it into slices and bake before adding to the tomatoe sauce.
29th May, 2013
Such a tasty dish. I added the tomato puree before the tinned tomatoes and cinnamon and cooked it out for a minute. I also used fresh aubergine and sliced it thinly, pan frying it on both sides for a couple of minutes before adding it to the dish. And finally I added a pinch of sugar to counteract the bitterness of the tomatoes.
22nd May, 2013
Delicious. I used a fresh aubegine and fried it in chunks with the onion and garlic and mince left it in the pan whilst simmering in the tomatoes, etc. Added a lamb stock cube with a little boiled water also and served it with couscous. I think the feta and mint finished the dish perfectly. Couscous nice with a handful of chopped mint stirred through it also. Will make this regularly now.
28th Apr, 2013
Made this for first time tonight. Fried off minced lamb and drained before cooking onions and garlic. Never cooked fresh aubergine before. Salted it as advised by many. Rinsed and dried as per advice from more experienced cooks. Food was fabulous! Needed extra fluid though so added a little lamb stock. Crisp salad and toasted pittas great! Another great recipe! So simple and so tasty! Will be making again soon :)


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