Greek lamb with orzo

Greek lamb with orzo

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(153 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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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.
1st Dec, 2011
Amazing! Took me back to right back to delicious memories of greek holidays. Easy to make and VERY easy to eat.
27th Nov, 2011
The lamb was very tasty. I cooked this for a dinner party and the guests were late. The orzo was a bit overcooked and a little 'slimy'. Would make this again but with less orzo or risotto rice or even serve this separately. The salad was fabulous.
20th Nov, 2011
Made this recipe for tonight's dinner.... great success, couldn't get orzo so, used risotto rice, turned out well, Hubby pleased with a different lamb recipe..... will definitely be doing it again...and again..and again.......................
9th Nov, 2011
Really easy and very Greek (from a Greek)
5th Nov, 2011
Made this for friends last night and it was fantastic. I followed the recipe exactly (bought Orzo from Tesco) and, believe that it wouldn't be the same without the Orzo - it has a very distinctive texture. Anyway, utterly delicious served with Greek Salad and Crusty Bread. Try this NOW!!
6th Oct, 2011
Delicious! I used neck of lamb as it was a little cheaper and much easier to dice than the large pieces of shoulder. It was melt-in-the-mouth tender. I think that 1kg of lamb is more likely to feed 4 or 5 people with normal appetites than 6 people, however. Fab recipe though. Although the cooking time is quite long, preparation time is very short and easy. I will be making this again and again!
27th Sep, 2011
Gorgeous! I couldn't find any orzo and so substituted risotto rice and it was really tasty.
4th Sep, 2011
I've made this a couple of times and its just so delicious and simple, my boyfriend loves it. I used lamb shanks instead of the shoulder of lamb and added a splash of red wine and it was divine. The meat was so tender and the orzo so flavoursome (I found it at Sainsburys). Would definitely recommend.


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