Lamb chops with pasta

Lamb chops with pasta

If you’re stuck racking your brain about what to make for dinner, lamb chops with pasta makes for a tasty and rustic dish that you can throw together in no time. While you might think lamb is a big undertaking, pairing it with pasta and using chops takes much of the hassle out of the meal.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 370g Irish Lamb Loin Chops
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • A small handful of basil, finely chopped (keep some tucked away for garnish)
  • 400g pasta of choice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 400g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained

Preparation

Irish lamb is gorgeous on its own but add earthy pasta and a tomato sauce and the lamb will really shine through—and all while requiring little to no effort for a busy mum. What more could you want from a 40 minute recipe? 

Pre-heat the grill to medium-hot.

Line your baking tray with tinfoil and place the lamb chops on it along with the onion. Drizzle everything with 25ml of olive oil.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Sprinkle the chops with 1 tablespoon of the chopped basil.

Season everything generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.

Cook the pasta at the same time until 'al dente' (about 8-10 minutes), so that it’s still firm when you bite into it.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and pour in the tomatoes and add the capers.

Season a little and cook gently, stirring occasionally until everything has reduced and thickened.

Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining basil.

Remove the lamb chops and onions when cooked and allow to rest. Cover them loosely with some kitchen foil, for a few minutes.

While your chops are resting, drain the pasta and arrange them on serving plates. Tip the pasta in with the sauce and mix through, leaving a little sauce remaining. Top with a lamb chop and spoon more of the tomato sauce over it, along with adding sauce on the side.

Scatter with the reserved basil leaves and serve immediately for a gorgeous, hearty meal.