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You’re going to love this meaty, flavour-packed Lamb Orzo Stew with Feta, Tomatoes and Peppers. Sunshine in a slow cooker!

A recipe for Greek Lamb Casserole with Orzo made in the slow cooker

Packed with those unmistakable Greek style flavours, this delicious Lamb Orzo Stew sprinkled with feta cheese is a little something extra for your midweek meals.

There really is nothing better than being able to serve up a hearty stew that still feels like you’re basking in the Mediterranean sunshine rather than hiding under blankets.

Slow cooked lamb, with the orzo cooked straight in the slow cooker, complete with your vegetable portions. What more could you want? Oh yes. Cheese on top of course!

This is part of my Summer Slow Cooker Series. You can catch them all over on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok too.

You’ll love this recipe because:

✅ An easy stew that’s a little bit different

✅ Packed with flavour

✅ Great for leftovers

Raw ingredients in the slow cooker for Greek lamb casserole

 FAQs about this Lamb Orzo Stew Recipe

Can I use an alternative to the orzo?

If you can’t find orzo, you could try any dried pasta of your choice. Just cook it separately in a saucepan before adding to the slow cooker.

Would any other vegetables work in this dish?

Yes, you could try adding any veg of your choice. Green sliced green beans added towards the end of the cooking time would be great.

Is this OK to use as leftovers?

Yes! In fact, these flavours actually get better with time! The stew will keep in the fridge for 3 days or 3 months in the freezer.

Do I have to use all of these herbs and spices?

There are a lot of flavours in this dish but it needs it. Sometimes slow cooking can reduce flavours and make them a bit more bland, so trust me on this. However, do adjust anything you’re not a fan of, and please try not to use herbs that have been in the back of the cupboard for years as they lose their flavour over time and you might wonder why your stew is lacking something!

Why is my finished dish a bit sticky?

This can happen when the orzo is cooked for a little too long, or depending on the brand of orzo, OR if your lamb hasn’t given out much liquid as it cooked. If you want a more ‘saucy’ texture, just add a little boiling water or stock at the end of the cooking time and stir thoroughly.

Is this an authentic Greek recipe?

This is a Greek style recipe, with flavours I’ve loved from my trips there. It’s loosely based on the Greek dish Giouvetsi (Youvetsi) you can read more about the authentic version of this dish here on MyGreekDish.

Can you recommend a slow cooker?

The one I love (which can be used on the hob too) is the Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker as it’s really light. If you have an induction hob, I would recommend the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker.

Lamb orzo greek casserole made in the slow cooker

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Greek-Style Lamb Orzo Stew {Slow Cooker Recipe}

This beautiful slow cooked lamb recipe with orzo has wonderful Mediterranean flavours and is super easy to make.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6


To slow cook:

  • 600 g Lamb steak, Cubed
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, Crushed
  • 2 x 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 Lamb stock cubes, (No need to dissolve!)
  • 3 tsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To add:

  • 400 g Dried orzo
  • 3 Red peppers, Sliced
  • 100 ml Boiling water

To serve:

  • 1 Lemon, Juice
  • 100 g Feta, Crumbled
  • 10 g Fresh mint, Finely chopped


  • Heat the slow cooker to medium.
  • Place the lamb cubes into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add the onion, garlic, tinned tomatoes, stock cubes, oregano, thyme, fennel, cumin, salt and pepper, and stir well.
  • Place the lid on and cook for 3.5 - 4.5 hours on HIGH (or 6-8 hours on LOW).
  • When the lamb is just tender, tip in the dried orzo (see notes), peppers and water stir through. Cook for a further 45 minutes.
  • When the orzo is just cooked, squeeze over the lemon juice, sprinkle over the feta and mint and serve.


If you can’t find orzo, you could use any dried pasta of your choice and cook separately in a saucepan before serving.
You could add some sliced green beans to the slow cooker towards the end of cooking time.
This Greek Lamb keeps for 3-4 days in the fridge (or 3-4 months in the freezer) and tastes even better as the flavours develop!


Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 34gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 353mgPotassium: 832mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2183IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 172mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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  1. Hello, I tried the Lamb Orzo recipe yesterday, when we had the family over. All agreed it was delicious, although son in law thought the feta cheese should have been in big lumps , not just crumbled over. (But he loves Greek dishes 😊). For myself, the only thing I found was, that the herbs and tomatoes “drowned out” the flavour of my lovely piece of lamb. However, it all tasted delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this today and LOVED it. Definitely worth adding the green beans to up the veg content. Will definitely make again.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this with diced beef instead as a little easier on the budget and was delicious! Even my 9 year old who complained about the smell of it and said it looked disgusting wolfed it down and had seconds. I left out the peppers as not many fans of peppers in my house. I did find I had to add more water as it became very thick whilst the orzo was cooking, but I assune this is because the beef doesn’t release as much liquid/fat as lamb. My other half is a vegetarian so I also made him some using Quorn beef, and veg stock but reduced the cooking time for his and he said it was amazing.

    You could skip the feta if you’re not a fan, but personally I think the feta finishes it off perfectly.

  4. 5 stars
    Had this last night made with beef mince due to lamb mince beeding a bank loan to buy!
    Flipping delicious, super quick and eaten by everyone!
    Win win, keep them coming Sarah I feel like masterchef lol

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious. I used a shoulder joint and cut in up. Amazing meal for an autumnal evening too, not just for summer.

    This is my third taming twins recipe in a week and planning the slow cooker fakeaway veggie enchiladas for this coming Friday.

  6. 5 stars
    Second cook from this website – raging success, absolutely lovely.
    You have transformed my feelings towards my slow cooker which I was very ambivalent about before

  7. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was an instant hit. I halved the recipe to serve 3 and it worked nicely. It tasted amazing and was quick to throw together at lunchtime. My favourite type of dinner; minimal prep, one pot, and has the family’s approval!