No Eggplant Moussaka


This moussaka takes some assembly but is well worth it. It calls for a minimal number of ingredients, including lamb and extra potatoes as an eggplant substitute. Most of the ingredients are everyday staples... with very tasty results.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • 2 pounds ground lamb

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 beaten egg

  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions and parsley until onion is soft and translucent. Increase heat, add lamb, and cook until evenly brown. Drain off excess fat, and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Chop tomatoes, and mix well with seasonings. Set aside.

  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Whisk together milk and egg, then gradually whisk into flour mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese.

  5. In casserole dish, place 1/3 of potato slices on the bottom, covering as well as possible. Top with half of meat mixture followed by half of tomato mixture. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of potatoes. Spread cheese sauce evenly over the top.

  6. Cover, and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove cover, and bake 30 minutes longer, or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

613 Calories
35g Fat
40g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 613
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 535mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 45mg 226%
Calcium 268mg 21%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1425mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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