Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(129 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



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

  • 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



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  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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15th Sep, 2008
Very tasty! Couldnt get hold of anything but fresh aubergine, so sliced it, brushed with tiny bit of olive oil and sprinkle of salt, and roasted it on a tray for 15 mins before hand. When made the recipe, i put the mixure into individual pots after the 10 minutes of cooking stage, layering meat mixture with slices of aubergine. Popped them into the oven at 180 for 5 minutes, then took them out to sprinkle on the crubled feta before putting them back in to finish for the final 5 mins. Served with a salad on the side, there was enough mix for 4 individual pots, so one each for dinner, and the other two in the freeer for a lazy day!
11th Sep, 2008
Fabulous, quick recipe that tasted every bit as good as it looks. Used pork mince as butcher had run out of lamb mince. Also used chargrilled eggplant (aubergine) from deli instead of using the jar equivalent. Have copied recipe and given to the guys at work as they all love easy recipes that they can impress the wife with!! This is ideal for a large group as recipe can very easily be multiplied to suit the number you intend feeding. Will definitely be using this one again.
5th Aug, 2008
This was delicious. I also used fresh aubergine, and even my aubergine-hating husband asked for more. The folded-in feta was a lovely finishing touch.
27th Jun, 2008
I agree with Pablo, the lamb is better if the fat is drained off. I also use fresh aubergines (never seen the canned variety) and add a can of chickpeas at a friend's recommendation - they go really well!
9th Jun, 2008
One of my favourite meals. I always use fresh aubergine. I also brown the lamb mince first then drain in a sieve to reduce the fatty taste which the lamb can sometimes give.
8th May, 2008
Really tasty and as there's only 2 of us I had it in pitta bread for my lunch for the next 2 days as well.
26th Mar, 2008
Very tasty - I'll certainly be making it again! I sprinkled the feta over and put the pan in the oven for the last ten minutes to help it melt.
25th Mar, 2008
made this with veggie mince for around 8 guests for dinner and served with salad and pitta (as directed). they all loved it and kept on saying how tasty it was. i grilled it for about 5 minutes at the end so that the feta would be nice and toasted. used fresh aubergine too and the fresh mint was delightful. great stuff.
3rd Mar, 2008
We love this recipe in our house, quick, easy and delicious. I use fresh aubergine instead of jarred, and have started to add a lamb stock cube which makes for a richer, thicker sauce.
1st Mar, 2008
Used roasted aubergine and red pepper. Cheaper than product in jar. More readily available too.


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