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One-Pot Greek Orzo with Lamb Meatballs

Perfectly seasoned lamb meatballs nuzzled in lemony, buttery Greek Orzo topped with fresh dill, sitting on a bed of mouthwatering baba ganoush. This one-pot meal is beyond delicious and is perfect for a flavorful mid-week meal!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Healthy Options, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Capri Lilly


For the Lamb Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

For the Greek Orzo

  • 2 Lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 cup Orzo
  • 2 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 2-3 tbsp Ghee or Butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 6 oz Mixed Olives


Instructions for Lamb Meatballs

  • Combine chopped parsley, minced garlic, cumin, and salt into a medium bowl with the ground lamb. Thoroughly combine the ingredients. Then take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and form small balls.
  • Over medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of Olive oil to a large skillet. Then add the meatballs and cook for about 2 minutes per side, cooking no more than 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer the meatballs to a large plate and set aside

Instructions for the Lemon Butter Greek Orzo

  • In the same skillet, add the garlic and the sliced lemons. Saute the lemons for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Then add 2-3 tbsp ghee/butter (or coconut oil). Add the orzo and saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the vegetable broth (or water) and the juice of one lemon. Over medium-high heat, bring the liquid to a boil and cook the orzo for about 7-10 minutes, or until al dente. Be sure to stir frequently to avoid any burning of the orzo.
  • Once the orzo is fully cooked lower the heat to medium-low and mix in the olives. Then add the meatballs back into the skillet. Cover the dish for about 3-5 minutes to warm the meatballs back up. Then, add the dill.
  • Enjoy as is or serve with baba ganoush or hummus!



Calories: 541kcal