Home Cooking, for the sake of your health!

Ground Lamb with Orzo PastaI was always a huge fan of the Greek cuisine and even more so since spending my amazing honeymoon visiting the Greek Islands. This cuisine is known for utilizing a lot of lamb. The simplicity of the ingredients is what truly makes this cuisine a joy to prepare and to eat.

Yiouvetsi dishes are most often made with chunks of meat – beef and lamb are the most popular, but this recipe with ground lamb is a delight and easier on the budget. This recipe also calls for the use of the traditional orzo pasta (however other pasta types should work equally as well).

This dish turned out absolutely wonderful in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of ground lamb
  • 2 tbs + 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ cans of chopped or crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1½ cups of orzo pasta (or other small pasta)
  • 4 cups of boiling chicken broth or stock
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • grated cheese (optional)
 
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, brown the lamb in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, using a fork to separate the meat out into small pieces. (Note: because ground lamb is softer than ground beef, be careful not mash it when breaking it up.)
  2. When meat is browned just to the point where it doesn’t look red, transfer to a colander and drain.
  3. Over medium heat, sauté chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the onion turns translucent, stir in drained lamb, tomatoes, ½ cup of water, 1 rounded teaspoon of sea salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. When it reaches a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper to your preference.
  4. In a saucepan, bring chicken broth or stock to a boil (I used my own homemade chicken stock that I had previously frozen for later use).
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Discard the bay leaf, and transfer the meat mixture to a greased baking or oven-safe casserole dish. Add boiling stock or broth, and stir in the pasta.
  7. Cook uncovered in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the pasta is done and almost the liquid has been absorbed. Stir once or twice during cooking.
  8. Remove pot from the oven and cover with a cotton towel for 20 minutes (to absorb excess moisture).
  9. Stir in the fresh parsley just before serving, and add an optional topping of grated cheese.

About this site

Most ingredients in cooking are derived from living organisms. Vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts as well as herbs and spices come from plants, while meat, eggs, and dairy products come from animals. Mushrooms and the yeast used in baking are kinds of fungi. Cooks also use water and minerals such as salt. Cooks can also use wine or spirits.
Naturally occurring ingredients contain various amounts of molecules called proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They also contain water and minerals. Cooking involves a manipulation of the chemical properties of these molecules.

Feed Display

Skinnytaste

  • Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash
    Roasted Delicata squash topped with a Parmesan-herb crust, I like to leave it in the oven until the edges are crisp, golden and delicious! Acorn squash can be used in place of Delicata. Delicata squash has thinner skin than acorn and butternut squash, which is edible. It’s only available late summer and early Fall, so […]
  • Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 93)
    Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 93).  Welcome Fall! Although here in NY, it still feels like summer. I’ve added some favorites this week, which includes Chicken Cacciatore which you can serve over pasta or spaghetti squash, Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats a low-carb alternative to tacos! And the Maple Soy Glazed Salmon which I like to […]
  • Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Butternut Squash and Figs
    Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Butternut Squash and Figs is a wonderful One-Pan Fall dish. This is also Whole30 compliant as well as gluten-free, low-carb, keto and Paleo. Turkey tenderloins are stuffed with sauteed butternut squash, spinach and figs, a meal-in-one with savory and sweet flavors. Figs are seasonal, so if you can’t find them, you […]
  • Chickpea Avocado Salad
    This Chickpea and Avocado salad is my go-to lunch when I need something fast and healthy! I load it up with garden vegetables and top it with a little olive oil and lemon, or olive oil and vinegar depending on my mood. Super simple, fresh and fills me up! I just returned from Sunriver Oregon, […]
  • Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
    This One-Pot Spaghetti with Turkey Meat Sauce is made with whole wheat pasta in the pressure cooker – hands down, the quickest and easiest way to get dinner on the table while making the whole family happy! Your solution to getting dinner on the table FAST on those busy weeknights and having everyone clean their […]