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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  • 1kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 onions, sliced



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

  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or 1 tsp dried



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


  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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CalMamaCook's picture
14th Apr, 2013
Made this for a party, only change was we cooked the last step on the hob as we didn't have enough space in the oven with other dishes. Result was delicious. Everyone really enjoyed it. We did use Orzo. Would make again, definitely.
5th Apr, 2013
I am confused - should the orzo be barley or a pasta? it looks like pasta in the photos. Does it make a difference to cooking time?
15th Mar, 2013
Orzo is also know as risoni in Australia, found it in Woolies 'macro' organic range in pasta the isle.
4th Mar, 2013
Delicious! I made this as an alternative Sunday lunch. Served with crusty bread, the whole pot was finished off by 4 adults. Never had orzo before. I found it in Waitrose in the pasta section. It was gorgeous, really silky and worked perfectly with the lamb. Try this, you will not be disappointed!
6th Feb, 2013
Yum yum!!! Just have polished off this dish and it is sooooo nice! Silky, fragrant, aromatic flavour, meat falling off the fork! 100% recommend!
29th Jan, 2013
Just delicious, and very easy!
28th Jan, 2013
Made this for Saturday night and ate with the Greek salad as suggested - absolutely delicious! We found orzo in Sainsburys (despite being told by two separate members of staff that they didn't stock it!). Just look out for the blue merchant gourmet packets. We will be making this again very soon!
7th Jan, 2013
Very easy and tastes really good. Everyone liked it. Will do again.
27th Nov, 2012
I made this recipe when I had friends visit, it was absolutely gorgeous with such unusual flavour.
26th Nov, 2012
Lovely and easy, fantastic success!


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