Return to Content

Papa's Roast Leg of Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Papa’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Orzo (Giouvetsi)
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)
Print Friendly

For Easter dinner, Carole's father always makes a roast leg of lamb, flavored with lemon and garlic, and accompanied orzo (a pasta in the shape of rice) cooked in the pan drippings. This looks lovely on a platter with slices of lamb arranged over the orzo and sauce.

Login to add to your Recipe Box
Upload Your PhotoUpload Your Photo


  • 1 leg of lamb
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups tomato sauce, or 1 can (15 ounces)
  • 1 pound orzo
  • Grated cheese


Have butcher bone the lamb and remove all oil sacs and excess fat. Squeeze lemon juice over lamb, and put lemon half and cloves of garlic in cavity where bones were removed. Lightly salt and pepper meat and place in shallow roasting pan. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and roast until lamb registers 185 degrees F on meat thermometer and is well browned. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add boiling water and tomato sauce to pan drippings and stir in orzo. Return to oven and bake until orzo is soft and has absorbed water, 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and cover with foil. Allow to stand 10 minutes. Arrange orzo on platter with lamb, and serve with grated cheese.

Updated Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Special 2 for 1 Holiday Sale

Send a one-year gift subscription of Yankee Magazine for only $17.99 and give a 2nd one-year gift subscription absolutely FREE. Plus, we will send you a FREE 2016 Scenes of New England Calendar (a $9.95 value)! BUY NOW!

Browse Similar Recipes

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive or disrespectful to our readers and/or writers, cannot be verified, lack clarity, or contain profanity. Your comments may be republished by Yankee Magazine across multiple platforms.

Register Sign In

©2015, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111