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Lamb with Orzo Recipe

Lamb with Orzo Recipe

Looking to switch up you slow-cooker staples? Consider this lamb entree. A terrific meal-in-one, it certainly adds flair to dinnertime doldrums. A splash of lmeon juice and zesty lemon peel complement the flavors of fresh spinach and feta cheese.—Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 -10 hours YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless lamb shoulder roast (3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 2 packages (9 ounces each) fresh spinach, torn divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with the garlic, oregano, lemon peel and salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Cook orzo according to package directions. Remove lamb from slow cooker. Shred meat with two forks; set aside and keep warm.
  • 3. Skim fat from cooking juices if necessary; return 1 cup cooking juices to slow cooker. Add one package of spinach. Cook on high for 5-10 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Drain orzo; add to spinach mixture. Stir in reserved meat and 1/2 cup feta cheese.
  • 4. To serve, arrange remaining fresh spinach on nine individual plates. Top with lamb mixture. Sprinkle each with remaining feta cheese. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup lamb mixture with 1/2 cup spinach equals 490 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.