Lentil kofta with orzo & feta

Lentil kofta with orzo & feta

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins plus chilling


Serves 4
Middle-Eastern inspired vegetarian 'meatballs' pair perfectly with orzo pasta and creamy feta cheese - a deliciously different everyday dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • kofta and sauce only
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal598
  • fat16g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs82g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre11g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 2 x 400g cans cooked green lentils, drained
  • 1 medium egg



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  • 100g oat
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • zest 1 lemon



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  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

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  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of sugar



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  • 300g orzo pasta
  • 100g feta, crumbled



    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…


  1. Put the lentils, egg, oats, ras el hanout, half the parsley and the lemon zest in a food processer. Add some seasoning and blitz until finely chopped. Remove the blade, shape the mixture into balls the size of cherry tomatoes, then chill for 20 mins. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a pan. Add the garlic, sizzle for 30 secs, then add the tomatoes, sugar and some seasoning. Bubble the sauce for 20-25 mins until rich and thickened. While the sauce cooks, line a baking tray with foil and arrange the kofta on top. Drizzle over the remaining oil, and bake for 20 mins, rolling around in the tray halfway through cooking. Once cooked, add the kofta to the tomato sauce, gently coating each one.

  3. Cook the orzo following pack instructions, then drain and divide between 4 plates. Top with the sauce and kofta, crumble over the feta and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

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31st May, 2019
Loved this. We didn't have any Ras el Hanout so cobbled something together from various spices. I noted the fact that a lot of people had said the sauce was too reduced so I put some of the pasta cooking water in at the end. Clean plates and will definitely make again.
4th Dec, 2018
I enjoyed this meal, although the meatballs needed more flavour and definitely needed more sauce. A few simple tweaks will make this great. Feta acts like a nice seasoning too
3rd Sep, 2018
It’s tasty but I felt it was the feta that transformed it from an otherwise bland, healthy meal. Agree with other comments that a lot of sauce is needed to go with the meatballs.
13th Apr, 2017
These koftas are the closest to meat texturally that I've come across so far and they're delicious in a spicy, tomato sauce. I added a dash of smoked paprika, mixed herbs and matbucha (made with scotch bonnets added that I had laying around) to make this perfect but I love a little heat. Like another commented, the sauce doesn't need to be reduced quite so much but otherwise, superb vegetarian dish that's pretty easy to knock together.
16th Sep, 2016
Absolutely loved this dish! The flavor of the kofta was delicious alongside the tomato sauce and feta. The lentil mixture was quite moist and sticky (I was afraid it wouldn't harden up enough in the oven), but chilling for 20 minutes really helped. They came out of the oven firm on the outside and moist on the inside. I'll definitely be making this again!
1st Jun, 2015
Nice veggie weekday meal - think this will become a regular in our household. Next time I might not reduce the tomatoes quite as much as the recipe suggests - the koftas need a bit of sauce around them.
30th Aug, 2015
Any suggestions for what to use instead of the egg? I am vegan, so dont eat eggs.
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