Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(131 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins


Serves 4
Try this rich, hearty and quick variation on the classic family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat39g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.31g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 400g/14oz can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 200g/7oz jar chargrilled aubergines in olive oil, drained and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 200g/7oz pack feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped



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  1. Brown the mince: Heat the oil in a large, shallow pan. Toss in the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the mince and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until browned.

  2. Season and simmer: Tip the tomatoes into the pan and stir in the tomato purée and cinnamon, then season generously with salt and pepper. Leave the mince to simmer for 20 minutes, adding the aubergines half way through.

  3. To serve: Sprinkle the crumbled feta and chopped mint over the mince. Bring the moussaka to the table as the feta melts and serve it with a crunchy green salad and toasted pitta.

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Pádraig Joseph
28th Jun, 2020
Don't understand why you've used a jar of chargrilled aubergines in olive oil; why not fresh? And it's too much cinnamon.
23rd May, 2020
As I'm in lockdown getting aubergines is easy but getting bottled aubergines impossible. I chop the aubergines (after washing and cutting off the stem) and microwave with some butter or oil - use kitchen paper to save having to clean your microwave. I set the microwave to 2 minutes, stir and repeat as often as necessary. My experience is that it takes 6 minutes in total but it depends on the power of the microwave.
15th Sep, 2019
Very good but! two teaspoons of cinnamon and two tablespoons of tomato puree makes it way too sweet! just a tad of tomato puree and replace one of the cinnamon teaspoons with a mixture of cumin, coriander and chilli powder. Also half the feta and if you have fresh aubergines, cut them into chunks and bake in oven with salt and olive oil for at 170C for 1/2 hour.
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14th Sep, 2019
This was my best effort yet from this site (I am still a novice in the kitchen). I gathered some suggestions from other users- couldn't get a jar of aubergines, so bought two from the supermarket, peeled, sliced long ways into 1 cm slices, brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled for 3 minutes, then flipped the slices and repeated the steps above. Doubled up on the garlic, added a whole lamb stock cube in 200 ml of water (adds flavour, stops the mince drying out). Also added a splash of red wine, then served as per recipe. Went down very well with the family. Thanks!
3rd Sep, 2019
Excellent Recipe. Quickly established as a firm family favourite. We've adapted it to include pre cubed & browned aubergine and courgette to up the fresh vegetables too. We did not want the cinnamon, so added a couple of teaspoon of smoked paprika, which we happened to have.
27th Mar, 2019
Very easy recipe. I added half a tin of chick peas and used a fresh aubergine (roasted in oven beforehand). I would change the recipe again next time by cutting down on the feta cheese, I found it to be too salty-maybe to 100g. I'd also use 2 fresh aubergines to make it a bit more healthy! I couldn't find a jar of aubergines. Very tasty dish, makes a change from spag bol and chilli!
28th Sep, 2018
Delicious and very easy recipe. Don't miss out the feta or mint, added so much to it and the mint made it taste so fresh. I'm veggie, and just substituted the lamb for frozen veggie mince, worked perfectly. I served with toasted pitta bread. Yum.
23rd Sep, 2018
Absolutely delicious, made it when a friend came over for dinner, she left clutching the recipe. I used aubergines from a jar & served with salad & homemade flatbread.
3rd Jul, 2018
A bit tasteless. Won't be repeating.
31st Mar, 2018
Absolutely delicious! Very simple, and would make an impressive dinner party dish. The guests will think you slaved for hours to make it. My only negative is that if you are feeding people like my family who want lots of meat, this amount is probably only enough for 3. I used beef mince and a lamb oxo (couldn't find lamb mince here in Texas) and also used the fresh aubergine because the jarred kind don't exist here. I did simmer it with the lid on for about 1 hour, to ensure the aubergine was tender. My picky husband kept commenting all the time it was cooking that moussaka has to be cooked in an oven, but when it came to eating it he couldn't help but love it!


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28th May, 2019
I made this today, with "20% fat" lamb mince from a big national supermarket, my first try at using such lamb mince, and I missed the usual stronger flavour of this animal. When it came to browning, the onions and garlic were already softened before the meat hit the skillet. The water content of the mince made actually browning the mince very difficult, even at max heat, and the lack of Maillard reaction (caramelisation) obviously reduced the ultimate taste. Another time, I'll fry then drain then refry the meat. Only then will I add it to the onion/garlic. I added pan-seared fresh aubergine pieces and half a tin of chickpeas, and sprinkled a good amount of mint before the Feta. It was good, but I think tweaking the frying stage should make it better.
21st Sep, 2013
If you can't find chargrilled aubergines in a jar; buy whole aubergines, chop them in half and roast them for 30 mins...chop them into smaller chunks & add to meat as in recipe!
20th Jan, 2018
Frozen aubergines worked well, too!
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