Arni – (Lamb)


  • 3 lb Boneless lamb shoulder
  • 3 tb Olive oil for pan browning
  • 6 c Canned / fresh chicken broth
  • 1/2 c Olive oil
  • 2 c Orzo paste
  • 1 1/2 c Peeled/chopped yellow onion
  • 2 lg Ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 ts Dried dillweed
  • 1/4 c Chopped parsley
  • 1/4 c Chopped parsley

In a stove-top Dutch oven brown the boneless lamb shoulder in the olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add enough stock to come halfway up the side of the meat and simmer, covered, until very tender, about two hours.

Remove the meat from the pot and set aside, covered, to keep warm. Remove the fat from the stock in the pan and add more stock if necessary to make up four cups. Remove the stock from the pan and set aside.

Heat the Dutch oven again and add half cup olive oil. Add the orzo paste and toss for a minute. Add the chopped onion and sautee until the onion is clear. Stir in the tomatoes, dillweed and parsley.

Return the meat to the pot along with the 4 cups of stock. Cover and simmer until the broth is absorbed and the pasta is tender, about 30 minutes.

NOTE: if the dish is too wet when the pasta is tender continue to cook for a few more minutes with the lid off to reduce the sauce.