Ground lamb recipes are a delicious way to mix up weeknight dinners, like in this easy Mediterranean Ground Lamb Pasta dish, made in one pot in under an hour!

Ground lamb pasta in bowl topped with crumbled feta cheese

While ground beef and ground turkey may rule the ground meat varieties in the US, using ground lamb in recipes is a fun way to switch things up! Ground lamb is high in protein and it’s a great source of iron, zinc and vitamin B12.  You can find ground lamb at most major grocery stores or at your local butcher shop.

Ground lamb provides great flavor for burgers and meatballs, but it’s also delicious in pasta recipes, shepherds pie and even Greek style tacos! For this recipe, I took a WhitneyBond.com pasta recipe favorite, originally made with ground beef, and made a few changes that I felt would really compliment the flavor of the lamb, such as the addition of mushrooms.

The end result was a simple recipe filled with tons of flavor, made in under an hour in one pot. It will give you a great reason to incorporate ground lamb into your weeknight menu!

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How to make Mediterranean Ground Lamb Pasta

  • Cook the ground lamb and veggies.

    • Pour olive oil into a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.
    • Add ground lamb, sliced mushrooms and diced onions.
    • Cook for 8-10 minutes, then add minced garlic.
    • Cook for 1-2 minutes, then drain any grease from the pot.
  • Add the spices, liquid and pasta.

    • Sprinkle ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ground cloves and oregano in the pot.
    • Add red wine, diced roma tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pot.
      • Quick tip! If you’d like to omit the red wine in the recipe, that’s totally fine, simply add an extra ½ cup of chicken broth in the next step.
    • Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
    • Add macaroni noodles and chicken broth to the pot.
      • Quick Tip! Make sure the noodles are almost completely covered in liquid so that they cook completely.
    • Reduce the heat on the stovetop to low, cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the liquid has cooked down.
    • Top with feta cheese crumbles or grated parmesan cheese and diced green onions or chopped fresh mint, if you’d like!

What to serve with Ground Lamb Pasta

  • Bread: I usually serve this dish with a baguette to dip into the pasta, but to keep with the Mediterranean/Greek theme, you could also serve it with warm pita bread!
  • Salad: A simple Greek Salad would pair perfectly with this ground lamb pasta.
  • Wine: A lighter bodied red, such as grenache or a dry white with a little sweetness, such as a riesling, will both pair well with this Mediterranean lamb pasta recipe.

How to reheat Ground Lamb Pasta

This pasta dish will stay good in the refrigerator for 5-7 days and makes great leftovers! It can easily be reheated in the microwave for 2 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and fresh herbs on top to brighten up the reheated dish!

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More ground lamb recipes to try!

Looking for more delicious ways to incorporate ground lamb into your weekly dinner menu? Try these five recipes from myself and some of my food blogger friends!

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One Pot Mediterranean Ground Lamb & Mushroom Pasta

Ground lamb recipes are a delicious way to mix up weeknight dinners, like in this easy Mediterranean Ground Lamb Pasta dish, made in one pot in under an hour!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground oregano
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups roma tomatoes, diced
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Optional Toppings

  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp green onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add the ground lamb, mushrooms and onion.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, then add the garlic.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes, then drain any grease from the pot.
  • Add the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ground cloves and oregano.
  • Pour the red wine, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce into the pot.
  • Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the macaroni noodles and chicken broth.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the liquid has cooked down.
  • Top with the optional toppings of your choice.

Notes

  • Nutritional information: the optional toppings are not included in the nutritional information provided.
  • Gluten Free Option: To make this recipe gluten free, substitute gluten-free macaroni noodles and always make sure the chicken broth used is gluten free.
  • Red Wine: If you'd like to omit wine from the recipe, that's totally fine, simply add an additional ½ cup chicken broth instead.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 652.95kcal (33%)Carbohydrates 50.73g (17%)Protein 28.26g (57%)Fat 34.88g (54%)Saturated Fat 12.77g (64%)Cholesterol 82.78mg (28%)Sodium 803.66mg (33%)Potassium 910.12mg (26%)Fiber 4.06g (16%)Sugar 6.88g (8%)Vitamin A 555.75mg (11%)Vitamin C 20.11mg (24%)Calcium 72.2mg (7%)Iron 3.72mg (21%)
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