Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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(156 ratings)

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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Ingredients

  • 1kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 onions, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or 1 tsp dried
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

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

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, 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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

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.

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aindom1
16th Oct, 2016
5.05
Great for an informal supper with friends. I did this just as the recipe suggests and it worked perfectly, served with the olive, caper and feta salad. It may not look elegant, but delivers on flavour, my guests really enjoyed it.
jennypiccolo
21st Aug, 2016
5.05
I made this a few years ago and thought it was a bit bland so didn't make it again until now, having read more comments. So I added 2tsps of cumin and doubled the oregano. I also switched to the hob when I added the orzo and it was done in 20 mind. Then I stirred in lots of feta at the end. Really enjoyed it this time! So easy to make.
stevemaskery
26th Jun, 2016
5.05
It didn't look very pretty, but it tasted delicious. One of my guests pronounced it my "best meal ever" and I've been cooking for them for 25 years! I did double the amount of cinnamon and coriander and it could have taken more coriander than that. I threw in a handful of chopped parsley at the end, too. I did need to add extra stock with the orzo, but the resultant texture was excellent, like a good risotto. I served it with the Greek salad suggested in the Tips box, too. Definitely 5 stars.
HV1
4th Aug, 2016
It should really have oregano in it as coriander will make it taste very very different. It really is delicious and silky.
donnerkebab
17th May, 2016
5.05
Excellent dish, fed 7 with crusty bread and salad. Will make again!
HV1
4th May, 2016
Definitely need the olive oil adds favour. Gave this to Greek restaurateurs, they embraced it and stated it as authentic. All my guests have thoroughly enjoyed it and have taken the recipe. I cooked it exactly to the instructions. It was glorious and so tasty with plenty enough for the next day lunches
brenwilson
24th Apr, 2016
Adapted this to use up some left-over minced lamb - browned the lamb in a saute-pan like a bolognese, adding a chopped carrot and celery with the spices, then simmered for ten minutes with the stock and tomatoes before adding the orzo and simmering a further 20 minutes. Oh and I added a couple of teaspoons of ground cumin. Didn't think the parmesan was a good idea, but would have added some feta if I'd had some. Very quick and easy, and very tasty.
Trojangirl
22nd Jul, 2016
Can you tell me what orzo is???
HV1
4th Aug, 2016
It is pasta and looks like rice. You can get it in Sainsbury's pasta aisle and also Tesco as part of their Finest range. Delis should all sell it.
jofranks
13th Apr, 2016
Great flavours, no need for all the stock.

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