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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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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archangelrich
27th Jan, 2016
3.8
This was lovely. Doesn't need as much oil as the recipe says - once the lamb gets cooking, there's enough fat from that to keep things from burning. I too would also up the seasoning a bit. I used a mix of chicken and lamb stock (inexplicably I ran out of chicken stock cubes.....). I also found the orzo only needed just over half the cooking time - when I took it out to stir, it had already absorbed most of the liquid, so I left it out of the oven covered for a bit. Will definitely make again though.
mrsbee2389
26th Sep, 2015
2.55
Made this for tea tonight, halved the recipe for 2 adults and 2 toddlers and there was plenty to go round. I would make again but would double the herbs and spices at least as they didn't come through. I also won't add any oil in the first stage as lamb is naturally quite a fatty meat, and it resulted in quite a greasy dish.
mollyfaganstar
11th Sep, 2015
3.8
Really nice but think I'll add more flavour by sprinkling some feta and more oregano
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michelle_30
7th Aug, 2015
3.8
Made this tonight for tea........it was very easy to make although the orzo needed slightly longer to cook, also i would maybe double the herbs and seasoning as i think the dish could take it without being overwhelming. With a few teeeks this is a good receipe to try
Frantic Flapjack
23rd Jun, 2015
3.8
Very easy to make. Made this the day before we ate it. I used less stock (about a litre) and about 225g orzo. The orzo does suck up the liquid so keep an eye on it while cooking. Well received at the table.
localhero
12th Jun, 2015
5.05
This is a family favourite - I halve the amounts which makes plenty for a family of 4 and serve with peas or sugar snaps. The lamb always melts in the mouth!
deedeeandme
4th Jun, 2015
Just made this for my Belgian friend's birthday lunch (always a bit nervous and doubtful when I cook for her as she used to be the Chef in her own Belgian Cuisine Restaurant and she's GOOOOOD!). What a success and she was so impressed with the flavours.of cinnamon being added to lamb in a Greek dish!! Cooked this in my slow cooker the day before so the dish had time to develop the flavours overnight and it was beautiful and tender. No problem with finding Orzo as some people have mentioned previously. Here in Portugal it's called "Pevide (Risone)" and my Portuguese in-laws use this alot in their traditional Chicken soup (Canga). Look forward to making this again when Hubby comes home soon. Thanks GF for a successful lunch!!
saschlet
23rd Mar, 2015
5.05
To save time I use chopped lamb steaks. I don't bother with the cinnamon stick as I usually forget to take it out (bad idea!), using chicken stock gives a better flavour and I add in frozen peas for the final 5 minutes. I also use 400g orzo but 1l of stock rather than 1.2l.
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CalWotty
28th Feb, 2015
3.8
This dish was really tasty and quite easy to make. As a very amateur cook i was impressed with he results. Would definitely make it again and maybe add some more veg.
kindabola
11th Feb, 2015
The dish was nice but not amazing, which I thought it would be after reading the reviews. I added garlic with the onions and carrots at stock point. However found this dish blend.

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