Leftover Lamb Casserole

Baked Lamb Casserole
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 1 casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
357 Calories
21g Fat
19g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 357
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 797mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 18mg 92%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 610mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers after a scrumptious lamb dinner, this lamb casserole recipe is a delicious way to use them up. It's made with cooked rice, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and curry powder, and topped with grated cheese. The casserole is then baked until golden, hot, and bubbly.

It doesn't matter which part of the lamb the leftovers come from—leg, breast, chops, shank—it will taste amazing regardless. Add a crisp green salad and crusty bread to sop up the juices and your meal is complete.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 cups diced cooked lamb

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice

  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, grated cheddar, or other grated cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a skillet, melt the butter and cook the onion until tender. Add the mushrooms and sauté until lightly browned.

  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked and diced lamb, cooked rice, undrained tomatoes, salt, pepper, curry powder, and sautéed onions and mushrooms with their cooking liquid. Mix gently to combine.

  4. Turn the mixture out into the greased casserole dish. Top with the grated cheese.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

More Ways to Use Leftover Lamb

Lamb is expensive so leftovers come at a premium. Let those creative juices flow and try using it in one of these savory dishes.

  • Shepherd's pie made with cooked lamb, peas, carrots, and a sauce or gravy is topped with fluffy mashed potatoes for a soul-satisfying meal.
  • The classic Greek gyro is made of thinly sliced lamb wrapped in pita bread along with cucumber, onion, tomato, and feta cheese. A dressing of tzatziki is the quintessential finishing touch.
  • A lamb sandwich made with thinly sliced meat on pita or naan bread with tzatziki sauce has Middle Eastern, Indian, and Greek overtones that deliver a powerful punch of flavor.
  • Instead of using beef roast in a Cornish pasty, try making it with lamb leftovers, potatoes, carrots, and celery. You'll have the original meal-on-the-go favored by Cornish tin miners back in the day that's perfect for lunch boxes.
  • Soup is a great vehicle for leftover lamb. Instead of cooking raw meat with vegetables in Icelandic lamb soup, prepare the recipe and toss in cubes of cooked lamb at the end just to warm them through (you don't want to toughen the meat or dry out the soup).
  • Main-course salads; Greek-inspired tacos with mint, grilled onions, and feta cheese; quesadillas with tzatziki sauce; pita pockets; and pasta dishes are all brilliant ways to enjoy leftover lamb.