Greek Lamb with Orzo Recipe


Greek Lamb with Orzo

If anyone knows how to cook lamb it's got to be the Greeks. This Greek Lamb with Orzo recipe is another of their great recipes from the Greek Isles.


  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary or oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Can 14 1/4-ounce of diced tomatoes with juice, mashed with a potato masher.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted black olives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces orzo
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.
  • In a small skillet, cook lamb over medium heat, stirring, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve set over a bowl.
  • In a Dutch oven or deep saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic cinnamon, rosemary or oregano and crushed red pepper; cook stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add lamb.
  • Add the mashed tomatoes with juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olives. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and toss with the sauce. Serve garnished with feta cheese.

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