Lamb Shanks with Orzo and Vegetables Recipe

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A delicious Mediterranean one pot wonder meal that combines a tomato base with orzo pasta, veggies, and lamb shank. The hard part is finding the largest possible large lamb shanks. Restaurants seem to have no problem getting 1.5lb+ shanks, but I'm lucky to find 0.80lb shanks at most grocery stores. If I have to make due with 0.8lb, I'll allow 2 shanks per full sized person. Adapted from a dish from Santorini Restaurant, San Carlos, CA

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Servings: 4
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Directions

  1. ==Shanks==
  2. Mix spice rub ingredients in a small bowl, then rub over lamb shanks. Use pre-ground spices to avoid burning big flakes of spice when browning the meat.
  3. In large roasting pot, bring e.v.o.o to medium-high heat and brown shanks on each side for 4 min.
  4. Add tomato paste, vegetable stock, and wine. Stir, then raise heat until you get a simmer, and remove from stove.
  5. Cover pot and cook at 350 for 3.5 hours, but add garlic after 2 hours.
  6. ==Orzo==
  7. About 2.5 hours into the shank cooking, boil a small pot of water, then add orzo and reduce to a simmer
  8. Let orzo cook at a low simmer for about 30 minutes until al-dente
  9. Remove orzo to container of cold water until ready to use (so it doesn't dry out or stick together) ==Vegetables==
  10. Peel carrot and cut into thick coins
  11. Split, then quarter the onion (ie into 8 chunks)
  12. Chop yellow and green zucchinis into 1/8" wide inch coins, discarding an inch off each end.
  13. Put aside vegetables in a bowl until ready to use.
  14. Slice tomato into thin wedges and set aside in separate bowl
  15. ==Combine==
  16. Remove shanks from oven, and take them out of the pot and place them on a plate
  17. Poor out the top layer of fat from the pot, being careful not to pour out any of the good sauce that has settled on the bottom.
  18. Add ½ cup water or vegetable stock, and stir up the bits at the bottom of the pot
  19. Put pot over medium-high heat, add vegetables, cover, and let cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly undercooked.
  20. Add orzo, and stir until it blends with the sauce
  21. Add shanks, sliced tomato, cover pot, and return to the oven to bake for 30 more minutes at 200

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 330g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 254  
Calories from Fat 19 7%
Total Fat 2.18g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.32g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1548mg 65%
Potassium 534mg 15%
Total Carbs 41.63g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 11%
Sugars 6.73g 4%
Protein 7.13g 11%
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