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Greek Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Greek Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Greek Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Recipe by George Zolis
5.0 from 1 vote

Explore the essence of Greek cuisine with our Giouvetsi recipe, featuring succulent lamb cooked to perfection with orzo pasta in a savory tomato-based sauce. This hearty dish captures the warmth of Mediterranean flavors, making it a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire.

Course: MainCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 kg Lamb, leg or shoulder

  • 100 g Olive Oil

  • 3 cloves Garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 Onion, grated

  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste

  • 250 g Tomato Juice

  • 500 g Orzo

  • Some Parsley, finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • Salt & Pepper

  • 1-2 glasses Water

Recipe directions

  • Place a pot on the heat. Add olive oil, finely chopped garlic, grated onion. Add the meat and sauté until the meat is browned, at least for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, sugar, and continue sautéing.
  • Add the paprika, finely chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper, add the tomato juice, and finally add water until the meat is covered.
  • Cover the pot with its lid and simmer for about 40 minutes until the meat is tender and easily pierced.
  • Transfer the meat and its juices to a casserole dish and cover the casserole with its lid.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 F) and bake for half an hour.
  • Half an hour later, add 1 to 2 glasses of hot water, as well as the orzo.
  • Continue baking uncovered for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (390 F).
  • 15 minutes later, after it been baked and removed from the oven, add 4-5 ice cubes to stop the boiling.

Recipe video

Γιουβέτσι αρνί - Greek Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 22.1g 34%
    • Saturated Fat 3.5g 15%
  • Cholesterol 30mg 10%
  • Sodium 819mg 35%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 1020mg 30%
  • Total Carbohydrate 102.7g 34%
    • Dietary Fiber 11.6g 44%
    • Sugars 19.2g
  • Protein 26.6g 52%
  • Calcium 11%
  • Iron 52%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.