Lamb Stew for #SundayFunday

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Stacy from Food Lust People Love said: "Spring lamb is one of the traditional main dishes for Easter but let's not limit ourselves to roasts. Share your favorite recipes with lamb, be they curries or burgers, slow cooked shoulder or roasted legs. Any recipe featuring lamb as the main ingredient!"

I can't say enough good things about this rustic, hearty, cozy meal. Seriously. It's just stunning. This is definitely special enough to serve to company, and simple enough to whip up on a busy afternoon. We made a loaf of soda bread to serve alongside, which was fabulous for sopping up that rich delicious gravy like broth. The earthiness of the mushrooms and sweetness of the carrots balance that incredibly buttery rich meat and salty bacon oh so perfectly. If you've never made lamb stew at home before - I think this is a fantastic recipe to start with! 

Lamb Stew

4 oz bacon, diced
1 1/2 lbs boneless lamb, in 1" pieces
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt, more to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper, more to taste
1 lb mushrooms thickly sliced
1 1/2 cups good red wine 
4 cups beef broth or stock
4-oz tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 1/2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed and diced into bite sized pieces
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" thick pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium to medium-high heat, until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside on a small plate or bowl.
  2. Brown the lamb in the bacon grease for a few minutes, then add in the onion and carrots. Brown for another few minutes, then add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Lightly season everything with salt and pepper while browning.
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients (except flour): bacon, salt, pepper, mushrooms, wine, beef broth, tomato sauce, bay leaves, thyme, potatoes, and carrots. 
  4. Bring mixture to a low simmer. Cover and place the pot into the pre-heated oven for 90 minutes. Meat and vegetables should be very tender. 
  5. Return the pot to the stove. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour with 1/4 cup of water to make a paste. Then slowly stream in about 1/4 cup of hot liquid from the pot, whisking rapidly to blend the hot liquid into the paste to prevent lumps. When mixture is smooth, pour most of it into the stew, and turn the stove onto high to bring to a simmer, allowing stew to thicken. Add more of the slurry as needed, until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  6. Serve ladled into bowls with a sprinkling of fresh parsley if desired. 
Recipe adapted from Natasha's Kitchen


  1. This lamb stew would be a great St. Pat's dish too....

  2. That first picture? I just want to pick up the bowl and DRINK the gravy! Seriously rich and flavorful looking!

  3. Rustic and filling. I can't wait to try this, Rebekah. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I agree with Stacy on that first photo! That gravy! My husband would go crazy over this.

  5. Flavorful and delicious lamb stew, would enjoy this with crusty bread!


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