Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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(157 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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11th May, 2012
I made this (half quantities) for me and my husband. I accidently used too much in the way of tomatoes but it still tasted lovely with tender, soft lamb. The reason it doesn't get more stars is that the texture was rather odd from the orzo, husband hated it but I really liked it!
10th May, 2012
Amazing dish! My family and I absolutely adore Greek Food! This was extremely tasty and the lamb was so tender. Orzo very nice and adds a nice extra element to the dish. Great recipe!
2nd Apr, 2012
No doubt one of the best i've made off here
2nd Apr, 2012
I've been dating a woman now for 8 weeks and have decided to cook here a nice meal. She is infact from cyprus and often mentions greek food, To be honest i have never really tasted greek food, and am a bit worried that i may just cock things up :), i guess reading this recipe i cant really go wrong so i will try it as a first meal...Thanks for this..
25th Mar, 2012
This was bland and dry, but modified version was good: Browned meat first. Added red wine, pepper, and garlic. Used half the amount of orzo. Olive and feta salad was perfect.
16th Mar, 2012
This dish was wonderful, I certainly will be making it again as it went down well with the whole houshold. Simple and a one pan delicious dish..
13th Mar, 2012
Just made this dish and followed the recipe exactly, which is unusual for me. Absolutely fantastic with the Orzo Pasta, not as good with rice. I will add a bit more Cinnamon next time.
27th Feb, 2012
I'm about to make this for tonight's dinner- I'm going to put it into the slow cooker for a few hours but just to let you all know ORZO is sold at waitrose!! - along with many other hard to find pastas and rices :)
27th Jan, 2012
This is a wow factor yet easy recipe that will earn you lots of compliments. Perfect for a laid back dinner with friends. Highly recommended
24th Jan, 2012
Mmmmm . . . . gorgeous, fragrant flavours. Will definitely be making this again. Had no trouble finding the orzo: Waitrose.


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