The Healthy Mix Dinners My Dad's Lamb Risoni

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Skinnymixer’s My Dad’s Lamb Risoni Bake features in the new cookbook The Healthy Mix Dinners.

Hopefully this book helps takes a little bit of stress out of dinner time and help answer the question “What’s for dinner?” 🥰

Greek skinnies will know this as Giouvetsi, but growing up it was my dad’s lamb chop dinner.

We didn’t have a lot of money, and with five kids my Dad knew how to feed us on a tight budget. Forequarter chops were very cheap and combined with his tomato passata, one meal could feed us for days.

Feel free to use any stewing lamb such as shanks or shoulder.


The Healthy Mix Dinners My Dad's Lamb Risoni

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Course: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: All In One
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 445kcal


  • 1 med brown onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 400 g passata
  • 400 g tin diced tomatoes
  • 30 g tomato paste
  • 20 g Stock Concentrate
  • 300 g water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes or kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1000 g lamb forequarter chops - or any stewing lamb/beef cuts
  • 200 g risoni or orzo - gluten-free if required
  • 300 g water

To Serve

  • flat leaf parsley leaves
  • feta - optional


  • Preheat a large, deep sauté pan with a lid or cast iron casserole dish on stovetop to high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic to mixer bowl. Chop for 3 sec/speed 6/MC on. Scrape mixer bowl down.
  • Add passata, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock concentrate, water, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper into mixer bowl. Cook for 15 min/steaming temp/ speed 1/simmering basket on top of lid.
  • While sauce is cooking, add oil to the sauté pan and brown meat.
  • Pour sauce over meat, cook covered on stovetop on low heat stirring occasionally for 1–2 hr or until tender. Alternatively, cook in a BBQ, smoker or fan-forced oven at 160°C or 320°F. Top up with extra water if required.
  • Once lamb is tender, set aside in a thermoserver. Add water and risoni to sauce, stir through. Cover and cook for a further 20 min or until the risoni is al dente, stir occasionally.
  • Add lamb back in and allow to rest for 10 min before serving.
  • Serve sprinkled with feta and parsley with a side salad or green beans.


In The Healthy Mix Dinners this recipe also has a Conventional Method, Slow Cooker Method and variations to make it Gluten Free, Low Carb, Super Skinny, Paleo, Vegetarian, Low Fodmap and also how to halve or double the recipe.
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Serving: 320g | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 36.8g | Fat: 14.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Sodium: 866mg | Sugar: 11.1g

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My Dad's Lamb Risoni Bake topped with crumbled feta and fresh parsley
My Dad’s Lamb Risoni Bake is a fantastic budget friendly recipe that is slow cooked and full of flavour. This recipe is from The Healthy Mix Dinners cookbook from skinnymixers.
  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is soooo tasty!!! I don’t eat lamb so I used some beef instead and it was divine!! Reminds me of a recipe my sister and I used to make when we first moved out of home over 30 years ago!!! A very comforting and warming recipe. The Dinners book is one you definitely need to add to your collection if you haven’t already.

  2. 5 stars
    Such an amazing recipe, so versatile if I haven’t got the right meat. Love this recipe so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Okay so here in Australia, winter has come early. You know what? That’s okay because it means winter warming recipes like these.

    This one is of those comfort foods that is packed with flavour. I made mine with beef. Yum.

  4. 5 stars
    An absolutely flavour packed dish that lends itself to chicken and beef as well. If you happen to have leftovers, they freeze and reheat beautifully. Delicious!!

  5. 5 stars
    One of the many in the Dinners book that I make over and over for my big family with dietary requirements and fusspots! I love this recipe for those days where I just need something nourishing to feed everyone using pantry ingredients and no-fuss cooking. I’ve made it with the chicken drumsticks for a budget option and it’s delicious! So impressed with the range of dishes in the book.

  6. 5 stars
    Comfort in a dish!
    I made the gluten free option and it has so much flavour and the lamb was melt in your mouth!

  7. 5 stars
    This is comfort food at its absolute best! Hearty, delicious and a favourite with all my family. I love to do it in the slow cooker ❤️

  8. 5 stars
    I loved this family style recipe. Did the gluten free version and it didn’t disappoint. Had leftovers that I made into pies! Yum yum and yum!

  9. 5 stars
    The flavours in this were just phenomenal, one of our favourite recipes from the new book. Thanks again Nik, and thanks to Nik’s Dad!

  10. This would have to be my fave book!!! And what an absolute smashing recipe, the lamb is so tasty! A hit with the whole family. Can’t wait to make it again.

  11. 5 stars
    My Dad’s Lamb Risoni Bake is one of those old school, belly warming meals we all need in our life. It just feels like a big ol’ warm hug from my childhood. I grew up with a version of this using rice in lieu of risoni. This meal transported me right back to my grandparents house in the 70’s and 80’s. Now I can give my own family the same delicious memories. Thanks for trip down memory lane Nik (and Dad!) 😊

  12. 5 stars
    My husband said he was going to have to shake Nik’s Dads hand after having this for dinner. This recipe is the perfect balance of fresh & comforting, the flavour is perfect, the meat melts in your mouth!
    We had 7 happy bellies & not a single complaint from the kids

  13. 5 stars
    Such a good recipe and a great way to use up a fairly inexpensive cut of meat. It’s like a huge warm hug in a bowl and perfect for winter nights. There are so many great recipes in Healthy Mix Dinners and it’s been on high rotation in our house!

  14. 5 stars
    Comfort food with hardly any effort! This is so delicious, perfect for the family or even to impress guests!! One of my faves for sure!!

  15. 5 stars
    This dish is so delicious!
    I didn’t make it straight away as I’m not a fan of lamb, so I made it with Osso Bucco which still keeps this dish cost effective. There is not one dish I don’t like in the new SM Dinners book, it’s so worth it!

  16. 5 stars
    I love how Nik has immortalised one of her dad’s much loved family recipes. Such a hearty meal and definitely a huge winter warmer!

  17. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe so many times! It’s soo comforting and delicious! I use the chicken drumstick variation as my family aren’t keen on lamb.
    It’s a great recipe to make the day before, it reheats beautifully.

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious and won’t break the family budget which is of utmost importance now a days. The book is amazing, family friendly and of course budget friendly as well. I would have to say it one of my favourite books now!

  19. 5 stars
    We love lamb chops and this recipe takes them to another level! So delicous and tasty, it’s a family favourite in our house! This book makes family dinners so easy with so many brilliant, easy recipes that make you a star in the kitchen! x

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