Greek Lamb over Orzo with Feta

Greek Lamb over Orzo with Feta

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 27 min
  • Total: 37 min
  • Serving: 2 servings

This is a quick version of a traditional Greek lamb dish. Using ground lamb, instead of a leg of lamb, helps keep this dish simple and effortless.


  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 4 ounces lean ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for the orzo)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pitted, chopped black olives
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped


  1. Cook the orzo according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, place the ground lamb in a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes. Drain, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, toss and set aside.
  3. Place the oil in the pan and sauté the onion over medium heat for 6 minutes until soft. Stir in the garlic, cinnamon, oregano and crushed red pepper and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Return the lamb to the pan, simmer for 7 minutes and then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the olives, parsley, salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the orzo between 2 plates, pour over the lamb mixture and then garnish with crumbled feta. Serve immediately.


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