Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(132 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


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 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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13th May, 2010
Stunning recipe, have made it again and again! Have found it hard to get hold of chargrilled aubergines in jar so use fresh. Always tastes and looks great, people find it hard to believe how quick and easy it is to prepare.
5th May, 2010
Chargrilled aubergines are VERY expensive, so I used fresh ones.
16th Apr, 2010
I served it with some sliced roast potatoes, was great, even the mother in law was pleased! I used the leftovers to stuff peppers with, worked really well. (Mix meat with some cooked rice, and grill until peppers are tender)
17th Nov, 2009
I made this for my cousins and they absolutely loved it. Really quick and easy and looked and tasted magnificent. I will definitely be repeating this again!
21st Sep, 2009
Dead easy, quick and tasty ! Perfect. I find that if you brown the mince first you can use the fat from the lamb to fry the onions eliminating the need for extra oil
9th Sep, 2009
Easy and tasty. Great!!
3rd Sep, 2009
This was delicious and so easy to make. Like many others I used fresh aubergine that I sliced thinly and grilled first. I also drained off quite a bit of the fat that came out of the lamb. I also added some nutmeg. Definitely will be making this one again!
24th Aug, 2009
Fab dish - quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious. It's definitely one of mine and other half’s favourite weekday dishes. I too used fresh aubergine as didn't like the look of the jarred stuff!
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18th Aug, 2009
lovely !!! we had it with sauted cubed potatoes instead of cheese and i added a little lamb stock for a bit more sauce will make again and again
17th Aug, 2009
lovely dish all the family enjoyed including my fussy 2 year old. can be greasy make sure you drain your mince well before adding other ingredients


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