This Lamb Lasagna Recipe is unique, hearty and has a Greek vibe. It's packed with aromatic, delicious strong flavors. From the Feta cheese and fresh basil, to the tender chunks of meat and warming spices, this is the epitome of comfort food!
This Greek style lasagna is incredibly unique and utterly delicious!
I make this recipe, as well as a few other interesting casseroles often during the cooler months.
I love that it can provide tasty and comforting meals for a few days.
Comfort Food to Make Ahead
- This lamb lasagna freezes very well, so you can make large quantities and have it on hand for a while. (Lasagnas and casseroles are perfect when you want to bring someone food if they're going through something and need help.)
- You can freeze it (wrapped tightly) for up to two months.
This lasagna is also wonderful to serve at a party, for a family weeknight dinner, or even to reheat for a quick lunch. Everyone will love it!
This is a Greek Lasagna of sorts.
What makes it Greek-ish?
This recipe has a delicious combination of Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes and lamb that together give it a Greek vibe.
- I like using no-boil lasagna noodles, as it saves the step of cooking them first, and this is a pretty involved recipe. You can however, use any lasagna noodles you like.
- Use ground lamb if you prefer it to the chunks. I'd try to leave it relatively chunky, and follow the same marinating instructions.
I hope you love this Lamb Lasagna Recipe as much as I do!
More tempting lasagna recipes:
- Root Vegetable Skillet Lasagna
- Spiced Chicken Butternut Squash Lasagna
- Spinach and Idaho® Potato Lasagna
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus a bit more for the pan and drizzling over the lasagna
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon rosemary finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1¾ pounds boneless leg of lamb, excess fat removed & cut into small bite-sized pieces (about ½ inch pieces)
- 2 cups red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
- ¼ cup dry red wine
- 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- about 1 dozen no-boil lasagna noodles see notes
- 2 cups Feta cheese crumbled or cut into small pieces (about 10-ounces)
- 2½ cups mozzarella cheese, grated
- 3 to 4 bunches of basil - washed and dried, stems removed you will need about 4 dozen large leaves
- Marinate lamb. In a large bowl or baking dish, mix the 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the garlic, rosemary and thyme. Add the lamb and mix to be sure all of the pieces are well coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
- Cook onion with tomato paste. While the lamb is marinating, coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix, and cook until it’s very aromatic, about 1 minute. It’s okay if some of the tomato paste browns on the bottom of the pan.
- Add marinated lamb. Once the lamb has marinated for 30 minutes, turn the heat to medium-high and add it to the onions. Stirring often, cook for about 5 minutes. (Turn the heat off between the previous step and this one.)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Deglaze and spice. Add the tomatoes, wine, olives and cinnamon. Use a flat-bottomed spatula to scrape any ingredients that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and mix them into the liquid. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn the heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Assemble. Coat the bottom of a 9 X 13 X 2-inch baking pan with a thin layer of the liquid from the lamb mixture.Then add a layer of the no-boil lasagna noodles. Now add about half of the lamb mixture to the noodles, followed by a sprinkling of about ⅓ of the mozzarella and feta cheeses. Top this with a solid, single layer of basil leaves and then add another layer of the lasagna noodles. Then repeat.Pour any juices left in the pan over the lasagna noodles and then top with the remaining third of both cheeses, and a generous drizzling of olive oil.
- Bake. Place in the preheated 375°F oven until the top is golden and it’s sizzling along the edges of the pan, about 30 minutes. Cover the pan loosely with foil, and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Cool. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
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This seems to be lasagne week - you, Frank from Memorie di Angelina, and this Saturday - me! I need to try yours and Frank's, as I can never get enough of different varieties!
I can't get enough varieties either -- I love this type of meal. Can't wait to see what yours will be -- it might just be what I feed the family next. xo
So much flavor and I love the idea of swapping lamb for the traditional ground beef. This looks delicious and I can only imagine how good it smells too!
Thanks Luci. Yes, it make the whole house small amazing! 🙂
Oh this is a genius idea - I would never have thought to make a Greek version of my lasagne but now I can't wait to try yours.
Thank you so much. The the lasagana comment and the good wishes! 🙂
jane @ littlesugarsnaps
Wow, this is definitely a recipe filled with comfort, love and amazing flavours - I know cinnamon and beef are so good together - now I want to try cinnamon and lamb.
Thank you so much, Jane! 🙂
This greek style lasagne looks great! I love feta, I bet this taste amazing!
Thank you so much! 🙂
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This comment made my day. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your thoughts. 🙂
Your lasagna looks amazing.
Thanks so much Gerlinde! 😀
is there a way to use ground lamb instead?
Hi Joan. Yes, absolutely. Thank you for asking -- it's a great question and I'm editing the info into the post now. 🙂 The instructions are the same, and I'd try to keep the ground meat relatively chunky. Enjoy! ~Valentina
I cannot wait to try this as I have never used my favourite meat in lasagne ! Why ? Not enough culinary imagination perhaps 😉 !! Like the heavy use of onions, olives and basil tho' may use slightly less cheese for reasons you know . . . am thinking about minced lamb but may change my mind . . . . am looking forward to come and tell . . .
Thank you so much, Eha. I love the enthusiasm. 🙂 You can also use ground lamb. Enjoy! ~Valentina
Amazing. I just wish my husband liked lamb like I do. I actually own some no boil noodles but have never used them! I might have to make this with beef, sadly, but have the opportunity to use the darn noodles!
I think it will be good with beef too. I really like the no boil lasagna noodles -- not only do you get to skip the boiling step, but I also love their texture once baked. Enjoy and thank you for visiting. 🙂 ~Valentina
When using ground lamb do I put the raw lamb in bigish chunks
in the marinade or do I cook the lamb a bit first?
Hi Joan, Yes, put it right in the marinade, just as you would if it weren't ground. You can follow the same instructions listed. I hope this helps. 🙂 ~Valentina