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Ground Lamb with Whole Wheat Shells, Broccoli Rabe, Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella

A few months ago I received a boneless leg of lamb courtesy of Lean on Lamb and asked to develop a healthy dish with the lamb. I decided to grind it and mix it in with pasta, some vegetables and mozzarella. My recipe is below.

The recipe will be judged by a panel of culinary experts and I might even win an iPad!

Ground Lamb with Whole Wheat Shells, Broccoli Rabe, Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella
8 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ large white onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1/2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, ground
Salt & pepper to taste
9 cups chopped broccoli rabe
1 pound whole wheat medium pasta shells, cooked according to directions
1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
10 ounces fresh Mozzarella, cubed
Red pepper flakes to taste


1.       Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and let them sweat for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.
2.       Add ground lamb and cook until it is no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
3.       Add broccoli rabe and cook for 5 more minutes.
4.       Add cooked pasta and heat through.
5.       Serve the dish in shallow bowls topped with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and red pepper flakes.

Note: in the winter time you can add canned tomatoes and shredded mozzarella, transfer everything into a baking dish and let the cheese bubble under the broiler.


Cara said...

sounds like a fab recipe - best of luck in the contest!

ellenbcookery said...

I think this dish is a sure winner! I love it!

Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine said...

Fresh, flavorful and healthy.

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy said...

Tomato and mozzarella really is the perfect combination!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thanks! I'll get to find out in a few weeks.

Bianca Garcia said...

I like lamb but haven't yet tried cooking it at home. This sounds delicious!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Give it a try. Ground lamb is definitely incredibly easy to work with. In the cooler months, braising a lamb shank is superb. I have a recipe for that on the blog as well.

discojing said...

i love lamb, but haven't cooked it yet either! i find that it's pretty expensive at the store (and i've heard it's stinky when it cooks), but this makes it look like a little lamb can go a long way!