This post for Smoked Gouda BBQ Ground Lamb Penne is sponsored by American Lamb. They provide the lamb, we provide the creativity, you provide the hungry bellies.
I was super excited to get the opportunity of working with the fine folks over at American Lamb! As you know, this family has a slightly obsessive love for all things lamb. It’s such a special treat for us. So imagine my surprise and pure delight when I got the chance to work with and photograph for American Lamb in trade for some of their delicious product! Gah! I just can’t stop smiling – and it’s not just because my belly is full of this super quick and easy ground lamb recipe.
So, here’s a couple funny little things about this dish and how it came to be. I told American Lamb to surprise me when they asked what cut of meat I wanted to work with. I don’t know why it never occurred to me, but ground lamb is what they sent… I have never cooked with ground lamb before. Insert “oh-crap” emoji. What that led to was a few moments of self-doubt, followed by some pulling up of my big-girl britches and doing some research. I knew I wanted to create a dish that was relate-able, but not one that had been done over and over. I wanted to push the boundaries of this product and my creativity.
Second thing that happened this week was our heating element in our stove broke. When I say broke, I mean the thing snapped right in half! I was getting ready to make some Russian Tea Cakes to settle the sweet tooth this sweet baby is giving me, and turned to see my oven all aglow. At first I didn’t think anything of it. I figured there was a piece of food or tinfoil or something in there that was going to just burn out. However, as I walked over to the stove I could see two places that we legitimately on fire – awesome. Travis and I talked for a few days about what to do. I knew I was going to need a stove and we considered going to Lowe’s and getting one that day. I made the decision that I would use my Crock-Pot, Pressure Cooker, or the stove-top instead and just wait on getting a replacement part for it. Thankfully we have a friend who is an appliance repairman that we could put a call into.
While that totally saved us hundreds of dollars in the long run, the short run of it is my oven is still not fixed. It’s been about a week and between the snow, ordering parts, and what have you, it’s just not fixed yet. Tonight I decided enough was enough. I had cooked an entire chicken on the stove-top last night, so I was determined to create something delicious with this lamb tonight. Wouldn’t you know it – voila! I can honestly say that after making this, trying it, and photographing it, I feel as though I should get a medal or something. Travis was a bit suspicious of the BBQ sauce involved because of the unique taste lamb seems to have. BUT having grown up on venison, I knew the flavors would pair well together; and the Smoked Gouda Cheese just rounded it out beautifully. Needless to say, he won’t be questioning my cooking judgement any time soon.
Smoked Gouda BBQ Ground Lamb Penne
- 1/2 box Penne Pasta
- 1 lb American Lamb Ground Lamb
- 1/2 Cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
- 1 Cup Smoked Gouda Cheese
- 1 Onion
- Cook the Pasta per box instructions and set aside.
- Dice the onion and sauté with ground lamb in a dutch oven over medium heat.
- Once onion and lamb are cooked, add pasta, cheese, and BBQ sauce to dutch oven and stir until combined.
- Spoon into bowl and top with fresh parsley for color and a hint of freshness. Enjoy!