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  • Serves 4
  • 70 mins cook

Lamb racks and pancetta with baked kumara orzo

A great meal to make when entertaining, this is all cooked in the oven, leaving you more time to mingle.


Lamb racks and pancetta with baked kumara orzo

  • 1 large lamb rack
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 6 slices pancetta, parma ham or streaky bacon
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 2 medium golden kumara, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp garlic and herb sea salt (find this with the herbs and spices at the supermarket)
  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • mint jelly or sweet chilli jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the lamb rack in a lined roasting dish. Combine the oil, a few chopped rosemary sprigs and the garlic and spread over the lamb rack.
  2. Cover the rack with the slices of pancetta and roast for 20-25 minutes, depending on how well done you prefer it. Remember to cover and rest the meat for 10 minutes before slicing.
  3. For the orzo bake, combine orzo, kumara, salt and stock, and arrange in shallow layer in a medium casserole or baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed and the orzo and kumara is tender. Sprinkle with extra herbs to serve.
  5. For the sauce, melt the mint jelly or chilli jam with a little water (about ½ cup with ¼ cup water) until hot and syrupy.
  6. Serve the kumara bake on warm plates and top with sliced lamb rack, drizzle with glaze and add a few herbs to garnish.


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