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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 18.8g 38% DV; carbohydrates 33.6g 11% DV; fat 11g 17% DV; cholesterol 50.6mg 17% DV; sodium 445.3mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2011
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2020
We did like it. I added some oregano, parsley, cayenne and onion but, I think I could have gone the other way with cumin or cinnamon and nutmeg even. It is very versatile with seasoning options but, it does need more seasoning and herbs. I also seasoned the meat while cooking as well with salt & pepper. I served it with a lemon slice to brighten and feta. Read More
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2011
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. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
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. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2010
Very tasty and easy. Perfect after work dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2011
Very easy and very good...so 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! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2011
Great and easy. I sprinkled some feta cheese crumbles on top for a little zing. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2012
Quick easy easily found ingredients and most importantly - YUM! My husband had thirds! You might need to add an additional 1/2-2/3 c. water and cook a bit longer though. I added some kalamata olives a few Tbsp of olive juice and pepper as well. Will definitely make again... Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2011
Not as exciting as I had hoped but still tasty. Also this was barely enough for 3 adults FYI. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2020
We did like it. I added some oregano, parsley, cayenne and onion but, I think I could have gone the other way with cumin or cinnamon and nutmeg even. It is very versatile with seasoning options but, it does need more seasoning and herbs. I also seasoned the meat while cooking as well with salt & pepper. I served it with a lemon slice to brighten and feta. Read More
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