Hearty Lamb Stew

Do you want to find a healthy dinner recipe for yourself or your family? This hearty lamb stew would be a perfect choice, especially for a weeknight dinner option.

Lamb stew is a timeless dish that many cultures have savored for centuries. Its warmth and comfort make it a perfect meal for chilly days and nights. The rich flavors and tender chunks of meat in a hearty lamb stew can bring joy to anyone’s taste buds. 

However, finding the perfect recipe can be a challenge. If you are looking for a recipe that is easy to follow, uses simple ingredients, and delivers a satisfying result, we have a delicious and foolproof hearty lamb stew recipe that will warm your heart and soul. So, learn to create a mouthwatering lamb stew that your whole family will love!

Which lamb cut is best for this stew?

Choosing the right lamb cut is vital to making a flavorful and tender stew. Different lamb cuts have varying levels of fat content, connective tissue, and muscle fibers that can impact the texture and taste of your stew. So, which lamb cut is best for this stew? The answer depends on your preferences and cooking methods. If you want a tender and juicy stew, go for an amount with more connective tissue, such as lamb shanks or shoulder. Although These cuts require long cooking times, they offer rich flavors and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. On the other hand, if you prefer a leaner stew, choose an amount with less fat, such as lamb leg or loin. These cuts are tender and flavorful but require less cooking time and attention.

What other vegetables can you add to this stew?

While traditional stews usually contain meat, onions, and potatoes, there are many other vegetables that you can add to your stew to enhance its flavor and nutritional value. Add seasonal Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and turnips to add sweetness, color, and texture to your stew. Or you can Bring a pop of color by adding Peas or corn.

What to serve with this stew?

Here are some delicious ideas on what to serve with your hearty lamb stew:

  • Crusty bread: Serve your lamb stew with a slice of crusty bread to soak up all the delicious juices
  • Roasted vegetables: Roast seasonal vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and potatoes to serve as a side dish with your stew.
  • Salad: A light and refreshing salad can balance the richness of the lamb stew. Try a mix of greens with some chopped nuts, dried fruit, and a simple vinaigrette dressing.
  • Mashed potatoes: If you want a more traditional pairing, try serving your lamb stew with creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Rice or couscous: Serve your stew over a bed of rice or couscous for a filling and flavorful meal.

How can you cook this stew faster?

Cut your vegetables into smaller pieces if you’re short on time but still craving a hearty stew. This way, they will cook faster, allowing your stew to come together more quickly.

Or you can use a Pressure cooker or instant pot for cooking the stew. A pressure cooker/instant pot is excellent for reducing cooking time. By cooking your stew under pressure, you can tenderize tougher cuts of meat in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional cooking methods.

(This lamb stew was my inspiration for my own recipe.)

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Hearty Lamb Stew

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  • Author: Nichole Sheley
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 4 1x



2 lb. lamb shoulder cut into 1 ½” pieces

salt & pepper to taste

2 tbsp. olive oil divided

1 large onion sliced

3 garlic cloves

4 cups beef broth divided

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp. tomato paste

3 carrots chopped into 3” pieces

2 large potatoes, about 1 ½ pounds

1 cup button mushrooms, sliced

½ teaspoon dried thyme


  • Pat dry lamb using a paper towel and season with pepper and salt. Pour 1 tbsp. of oil in a pot over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, add lamb and cook in small batches until brown.
  • Then remove the lamb from the pot, add onion to the same oil, and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  • Then add 2 tbsp. of broth in the pot to deglaze, scrap brown bits from the bottom, and continue cooking until the broth evaporates.
  • At this stage, add flour and butter, and continue cooking for 1 minute. Then reduce heat to low and gradually add broth while mixing until smooth.
  • Add lamb and bay leaf into the pot and let the mixture simmer for 80 to 90 minutes or until lamb becomes fork tender.

  • Add thyme, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes to the pot and cook for another 25 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Then remove from heat, transfer the stew to the serving dish, and serve hot.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Main Dish, Soup
  • Cuisine: American
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