Italian Easter Lamb Artichoke Casserole

Italian Easter Lamb Artichoke Casserole

This dish is a perfect blend of hearty stew and crispy casserole, exhibiting the warm and cozy elements of winter with the refreshing hints of spring. A lamb artichoke casserole is an ideal choice for a transitional dinner or Sunday lunch when you’re craving something rich and heartwarming but are also starting to appreciate the fresh ingredients spring has to offer, like artichokes and peas.


Origins Of This Dish

The dish we are preparing is known in Italy as “La tiana catanzarese,” a traditional second course from Calabrian cuisine. La tiana catanzarese is all about succulent lamb meat, baked to perfection with potatoes, peas, and artichokes. Towards the end of the cooking process, a sprinkle of breadcrumbs mixed with pecorino is added for a gratinating finish that provides a wonderful contrast in textures.

Traditionally, this dish is slow-cooked in terracotta pots, which are perfect for oven-based cooking, naturally enhancing the rich flavors of the ingredients. This dish is a signature treat of Easter Day and the entire spring season in Calabria, aligning with the season of harvest for artichokes and peas.

An interesting detail to note is that “La Tiana di agnello,” or the Easter Lamb Casserole, derives its name from the container it’s traditionally cooked and served in, known as “la tiana.” Initially, the container was a terracotta oven dish, which was later replaced by a metal one, but the name “tiana” has lived on, forever marking its importance in the creation of this beloved dish.


Italian Easter Lamb Artichoke Casserole


Italian Lamb Artichoke Casserole Recipe

Now that we’ve delved into the story and significance of the Italian Easter Lamb Artichoke Casserole, let’s bring it to life in our own kitchen. Gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and let’s honor this Italian tradition with our own rendition of this timeless recipe!

Featured ingredients from our Italian shop: Belmorso EVOO and Belmorso Artichokes
Italian Easter Lamb Artichoke Casserole

Italian Lamb Artichoke Casserole Recipe

A hearty and scrumptious lamb casserole perfect to celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring with seasonal ingredients like artichokes and peas.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 950 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 oven dish ceramic or metal
  • 1 ladle spoon
  • 1 silicone spoon
  • 1 grater
  • 1 bowl


  • 1 onion
  • 900 gr lamb meat for stew large cubes
  • 200 gr peas canned or fresh
  • 1 jar Grandmother’s Recipe Wedged Artichokes you can also use fresh
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1/3 glass white wine
  • 1 cube vegetable stock "dado vegetale" in Italian
  • 2 glasses water
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 30 gr parmesan to grate or use pre-grated
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary dry or fresh
  • Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Peel and slice the onion.
    onions for lamb artichoke casserole
  • Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes.
    potatoes for lamb casserole
  • Drain the artichokes and the peas, or prepare them from scratch if you are using fresh ones.
  • Add the onion and potatoes to your large pot, drizzle with plenty of Belmorso extra virgin olive oil, mix and let them sauté on medium heat. Continue mixing from time to time.
    sauteing potatoes and onions
  • After 7 to 10 minutes, add the peas and artichokes. Mix and leave to cook.
    adding peas for lamb artichoke casserole
  • After about 5 minutes, you can add the lamb pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary and mix again.
    adding lamb meat to make lamb artichoke casserole
  • Next, add the white wine, mix and leave to evaporate.
  • Prepare your stock in 2 glasses of hot or boiling water. And add that to the pot. Let it simmer for 25 to 30 minutes over low heat with the lid semi closed or no lid.
    adding vegetable stock to lamb artichoke pot
  • When ready, transfer the entire lamb pot in a large casserole dish.
    breading for lamb artichoke casserole
  • Grate your parmesan and mix with the breadcrumbs. Feel free to add some pepper and rosemary.
    breading for lamb artichoke casserole
  • Top the lamb casserole with that breading you just mixed and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes.
    lamb artichoke casserole ready to bake
  • Once ready, take out of the oven and serve. Buon appetito!
    Italian lamb artichoke casserole out of the oven


This is a hearty dish and lamb, peas and potatoes are high in calories. If you'd like to lower your calories you can have a smaller portion with a side salad.
Keyword easter, lamb casserole, pizza with artichokes

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