Greek Lamb and Orzo Recipe -
Greek Lamb and Orzo Recipe
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Greek Lamb and Orzo

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"This is an easy meal to prepare and it tastes great. You can substitute the lamb with beef if you want. Serve with plain yogurt if desired."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the lamb, and cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking up into crumbles, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice, celery, orzo, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the orzo is tender and has absorbed the liquid from the tomatoes, about 12 minutes.
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Jul 05, 2011

an easy version of a time consuming classic. It's very basic, too. My own version of this has a leg of lamb and uses oregano, lemon, and feta cheese as well as the ingredients you listed. I was taught using the "handful" measuring method, so I'm not sure about quantities. Still, this takes about 1/10 the time and is very tasty :). Thank you for sharing! I'll be making this again for sure. Definitely try adding feta if you're looking for suggestions. It does wonders for this recipe.

Nov 24, 2010

This was really excellent--simple, quick, and filling. I made exactly as described, but without celery. It turned out perfectly. One note: It may be difficult to find "stewed" tomatoes at your grocery store (it was at mine), so a can of chopped or peeled tomatoes should be a fine substitution.

Nov 16, 2010

Very tasty and easy. Perfect after work dish.

Aug 29, 2011

Very easy, and very good my 5 year old even loved it. I pretty much made it as is, but used Franks Red Hot sauce in place of the cayenne. I also used whole tomatoes, instead of stewed...will probably use diced tomatoes next time. I did try it with the feta, which was very good too. Thanks for the recipe!

Aug 23, 2011

Great and easy. I sprinkled some feta cheese crumbles on top for a little zing.

Mar 13, 2012

Made this last night and it was very good. Was out of celery so added some onion. Had to add some water to it. Tasted like lamb shanks with orzo from a Greek restaurant. Worth fixing again.

Jan 04, 2011

Not as exciting as I had hoped, but still tasty. Also, this was barely enough for 3 adults, FYI.

Feb 24, 2015

Oh my goodness! This is entirely too easy to be this tasty. Excellent flavor (I am a savory kinda gal), and super quick and easy to make. I sometimes saute a chopped onion with the celery before browning the meat. Add a salad and voila, the perfect dinner. I am not a big fan of lamb so this recipe was a surprise. Also, a tip for those of you feeding those with sensitive palates, cut back on the cayenne pepper and allow the fire-eaters to add it separately.


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  • Calories
  • 306 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 18.8 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 445 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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