Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo

Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound orzo or small penne rigate
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 small, firm eggplant, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 fresh chile peppers, such as red fresno, holland or jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves  garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can  (15 oz.) crushed tomatoes or 2 cups passata or tomato puree
  • 1 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed fresh parsley and mint
  • 1 cup feta crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the orzo (or penne) and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and cook until well browned, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir the eggplant, chiles, onion, garlic and rosemary into the lamb. Partially cover and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken (or beef) stock and wine. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and mint.
  4. Toss the pasta with the feta and butter. Serve in bowls and make a well in the center. Spoon in the spicy lamb.
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