Sure, orzo is good in soup, but there's no need to stop there. Here it's a base for a bold blend of spices, tomato sauce and flavorful ground lamb. The optional pinch of crushed red pepper will add the heat that many crave.

Marge Perry
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook orzo until just tender, about 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, cook lamb (or beef or turkey) in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain in a sieve set over a bowl. Clean and dry the pan.

  • Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, cinnamon, rosemary (or oregano) and crushed red pepper (if using); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the lamb (or beef or turkey) and tomato sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in olives, salt and pepper. Toss the orzo with the sauce. Serve garnished with feta.

Tips

Substitute ground turkey breast for lamb to save 5 grams of fat per serving.

Nutrition Facts

503 calories; 20.4 g total fat; 7.2 g saturated fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 399 mg sodium. 763 mg potassium; 55.8 g carbohydrates; 4.4 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 25.1 g protein; 1183 IU vitamin a iu; 18 mg vitamin c; 31 mcg folate; 102 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 72 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
FABULOUS Dish! I just finished this for dinner! My husband (who doesn't like feta cheese) RAVED and ooh-ed & ahh-ed over this dish! It was fabulous! I did double the amount of ground lamb using 8 oz. I also used 1/4 tsp. both oregano & rosemary 1 1/2 garlic cloves and garnished with fresh basil chiffonade. I also added 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (and I can't take ANY spicy food - but this was delicious!) and a drizzle of some top-quality olive oil. The recipe says it yields two servings of one cup each but there was waaayyy more than that...the 1/2 cup of orzo alone once cooked made over 3/4 cup! With minimal effort and ingredients readily available (and pretty cheap too!) this is an incredibly flavorful complex-tasting dish. Really wonderful; I highly recommend it!! It's now in the regular rotation! Pros: Easy Fast Very Flavorful! Read More