Lamb Stew Recipe

Classic lamb stew is loaded with hearty, healthy ingredients. This lamb stew recipe is simple (a one-pot meal!) and perfect for special occasions (think Easter!). Baking the stew in the oven makes the tender lamb morsels and root vegetables just melt in your mouth. Learn how to make traditional lamb stew. | natashaskitchen.com

The lamb morsels in this Lamb Stew just melt in your mouth and so do the potatoes. This recipe is uncomplicated (a one-pot meal!) and it simmers in the oven for awhile so every bite is completely delicious. The lengthy (and care free) baking time creates a most satisfying broth consistency. Even if you have no clue what the old days were like, this lamb stew will take you there!

My 2 and 8-year old kiddos both loved this lamb stew (which shocked me because they love their usuals like Mom’s meatball soup and borscht). They both asked for refills! I was beaming of course because this lamb stew recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients and my family was was gobbling it up with such satisfaction. It’s a winner, especially for special occasions, like Easter!

Ingredients for Lamb Stew Recipe:

This hearty lamb stew is a meal in itself and so satisfying! This lamb stew recipe is a close relative to our beef stew recipe (a reader favorite!). We turned it into a one-pot recipe so it is easier and a little heartier with more potatoes. We also experimented making it gluten free and we were all so impressed with the results.

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Classic lamb stew is loaded with hearty, healthy ingredients. This lamb stew recipe is simple (a one-pot meal!) and perfect for special occasions (think Easter!). Baking the stew in the oven makes the tender lamb morsels and root vegetables just melt in your mouth. Learn how to make traditional lamb stew.

Gluten Free Substitution: I have tested this with this gluten free flour and it worked wonderfully.

How to Make Easy Lamb Stew:

1. In a large dutch oven pot, saute chopped bacon over medium heat until golden brown and fat is released. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.

2. While bacon cooks, season trimmed and chopped lamb pieces with 1/2 Tbsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup flour. Toss to combine and coat the meat in flour. Cook the lamb in 2 batches in hot bacon grease over medium heat until browned (3-4 minutes per side) then remove to the same plate with bacon.

3. Add diced onion and sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups wine, scraping the bottom to deglaze. Add thickly sliced mushrooms, bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes uncovered. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F.

4. Return bacon and lamb back to the pot then add 4 cups broth, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme and 2 bay leaves. Add potatoes and carrots then stir to combine (potatoes should be mostly submerged in liquid. Bring to a boil then cover with lid and carefully transfer to preheated oven at 325˚F for 1 hour and 45 minutes. When done, potatoes will be easily pierced and lamb will be very tender. For a lower fat stew, spoon out any excess oil at the surface of the stew.

Serve with soft crusty bread to soak up that broth which is loaded with amazing flavor!

Classic lamb stew is loaded with hearty, healthy ingredients. This lamb stew recipe is simple (a one-pot meal!) and perfect for special occasions (think Easter!). Baking the stew in the oven makes the tender lamb morsels and root vegetables just melt in your mouth. Learn how to make traditional lamb stew.

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Lamb Stew Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

This lamb stew is loaded with hearty, healthy ingredients. This lamb stew recipe is simple (a one-pot meal!) The lengthy simmering time in the oven makes the tender lamb morsels and vegetables just melt in your mouth. 

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $28-$30
Calories: 481 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 4 oz bacon (4 strips, chopped into 1/4" strips)
  • 2 lbs boneless leg of lam or lam shoulder trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 Tbsp sea salt for the lamb plus 1 tsp for stew
  • 1 tsp black pepper for lamb plus 1/2 tsp for stew
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten free flour*
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups good red wine *
  • 1 lb button mushrooms thickly sliced
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth or stock
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 lbs small yellow potatoes halved or quartered into 1" pieces
  • 4 medium carrots 10 oz, peeled and cut into 1/2" thick pieces
  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a 5Qt dutch oven, saute chopped bacon over medium heat until browned and fat released. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a large plate.

  2. While bacon cooks, season lamb pieces with 1/2 Tbsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup flour and toss to coat. Cook lamb in 2 batches in hot bacon grease over medium heat until browned (3-4 min per side) then transfer to the plate with bacon.

  3. Add diced onion and sauté 2 min. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups wine, scraping the bottom to deglaze. Add sliced mushrooms, bring to simmer then cook uncovered 10 min. Preheat Oven to 325˚F.

  4. Return bacon and lamb to pot and add 4 cups broth, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme and 2 bay leaves. Stir in potatoes and carrots, making sure potatoes are mostly submerged in liquid. Bring to a boil then COVER and carefully transfer to preheated oven at 325˚F for 1 hr and 45 min. When done, potatoes and lamb will be very tender.**

Recipe Notes

*We used the wine "Soft Red" by Ste Chappell. A Pinot Noir would also work well. 
** For reduced fat stew, spoon out any excess oil from the surface when it comes out of the oven.

Nutrition Facts
Lamb Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1276mg 53%
Potassium 1234mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 105.7%
Vitamin C 20.7%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 31.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Q: Are you cooking up any special Easter recipes?

Is lamb typically on the menu for you? I’d love to hear about your Easter dinner traditions!

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  • Gary
    May 19, 2018

    Hey Natasha
    This is the second time I have made this dish using your recipe, in the oven now! Thanks x Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2018

      Hello Gary, I’m glad you enjoy the recipe enough to make it a second time! Thank YOU for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

    • sam
      June 8, 2018

      Hi, has anyone used Turkey Bacon instead? will omitting the Bacon dramatically reduce the taste of this dish? Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        June 8, 2018

        We haven’t experimented with turkey bacon, Sam. Please let us know how it goes if you try it that way. Reply

  • Elizabeth W.
    April 5, 2018

    Thank you Natasha. This was a nice take on a meal we commonly make using a nearly identical recipe in our Italian pressure cooker (like Victoria!) with various economical cuts of meat including beef shank, beef short ribs and pork shoulder. Step 4 moved into the pressure cooker which cut the cooking time significantly. I also added zucchini chunks, another family favorite. It was lovely, the bacon gave the flavor extra depth and was the one ingredient I don’t normally use, while the only one I use that you did not was dijon mustard. I left that out to follow you more closely. I think it might have overpowered the lamb but it works well with beef and pork. Thank you again! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2018

      You’re welcome Elizabeth! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a success. Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Nadia
    April 5, 2018

    Natasha, have you tried making this recipe in Instanpot? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 5, 2018

      Hi Nadia, I haven’t yet! I wish I had since you are the second person to ask! If you experiment, please let me know how it goes 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    April 3, 2018

    I tried this for Easter, it was my first time preparing lamb. All my guests and my family loved it, it is sooo delicious! Thank you for this recipe! if it wasn’t for this recipe, I probably still would have not tried preparing lamb on my own:) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2018

      I’m so glad this recipe gave you the confidence to give it a try…and with great success! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Julia! Reply

  • ❤️Victoria Kryachkov❤️
    March 31, 2018

    Have you tried this in the instant pot? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2018

      Hi Victoria, I haven’t yet so I can’t offer any advice. If you experiment, let me now how it goes 🙂 Reply

      • ❤️Victoria Kryachkov❤️
        April 2, 2018

        It turned out BEYOND amazing! It was ready in 32 minutes. 30 minutes stewing Unser pressure and 2 minutes after I added in all veggies and potatoes. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 2, 2018

          Awesome, I’m happy to hear that Victoria! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Julia
    March 28, 2018

    This recipe sounds so delicious!!! Going to give it a try this Easter lunch, I’ll be hosting, (doubling or tripling it of course:)). Really nervous though, never prepared lamb myself before. What do you think if I substitute bacon for turkey bacon with some olive/ grape seed oil? And also, do you think I can maybe lower the oven temperature and leave it for a little longer in the oven like 2hours? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Julia, I think that substitution will work and you can lower the temperature/leave in the oven for 2 more hours. It’s worth a test 😀 Reply

  • Philip Jackson
    March 22, 2018

    Natasha, how would you adapt this recipe to a crock pot, or could you? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2018

      Hi Philip, I haven’t tried this in a slow cooker but one of my readers, Mariya, offered some good insights. She wrote: “I always make my beef stew in the slow cooker- it should work with lamb also. At step 4- transfer everything into the slow cooker and set it to high until it starts boiling and then put it on low until the meat is tender and potatoes cooked.” I hope that helps! Reply

  • Shania Williams
    March 16, 2018

    Would the taste be similar if I left the bacon out or is there another non pork substitute I can use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2018

      Hi Shania, it would still work without the bacon, you could just use a light (not extra virgin) olive oil to sautee the lamb instead. It may need slightly more salt if omitting the bacon. Reply

  • Margriet Huisman
    March 16, 2018

    HI Natasha
    Can I use guiness beer instead of wine? And crimini musthrooms instead of white mushrooms?
    thx
    margriet Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2018

      HI Margriet, I honestly have not tried that but I have come across several Guinness beer lamb stew recipes online and I think it would be worth experimenting. If you try it out, I hope you let me know how it goes 🙂 Reply

  • Aliika
    March 16, 2018

    Love your blog & all your recipes!! For this recipe can i finish cooking on the stovetop instead of placing it into the oven?! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2018

      Hi Aliika, I haven’t tried that, but a couple of my readers have reported great results cooking on the stovetop covered at a simmer for the same amount of time. Reply

  • Rose
    March 15, 2018

    Can I substitute another liquid for the alcohol? If so what? Thanks so much!
    Rose Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2018

      Hi Rose, It still should work just using more broth. The wine does give this lamb stew riche flavor so it wouldn’t taste quite the same and may need additional seasoning to compensate. Reply

  • Denise Hebrank
    March 15, 2018

    I just made the lamb stew and doubled the recipe!! A whole bottle of red wine. Smells divine in the oven now!! St. Patty’s Day dinner! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2018

      That sounds heavenly Denise, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Ashlee
    March 14, 2018

    Absolutely delicious!!!!! I’ve never cooked with lamb before because I’ve never really enjoyed it but OMG this has changed my views! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2018

      I’m happy to hear I changed your mind about lamb! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers Ashlee! Reply

  • Rose
    March 14, 2018

    Would it be possible to substitute another liquid for the alcohol? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2018

      Hi Rose, I think it would still work with just using more broth but the wine does give it really rich amazing flavor so it wouldn’t quite taste the same and may need additional seasoning. Reply

  • Victoriya
    March 14, 2018

    Thank you so much for posting something with lamb! I bought lamb but don’t know much recipes of how to cook lamb. Am definitely looking forward to cooking this. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2018

      I hope you love it Victoriya! Please let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions! Reply

  • Tatayana
    March 14, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Looks amazing. Trying out this weekend, my question: What if i cook it in Slow Cooker? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2018

      Hi Tatyana, I honestly haven’t tested this in a slow cooker so I’m not sure. You might google “slow cooker lamb stew” or slow cooker beef stew to see anyone posted instructions. Sorry I can’t offer any advice without testing it first. I would probably still do most of the cooking on the stove to brown the beef and cook off some of the wine so it isn’t overpowering. Reply

      • Mariya
        March 21, 2018

        I always make my beef stew in the slow cooker- it should work with lamb also. At step 4- transfer everything into the slow cooker and set it to high until it starts boiling and then put it on low until the meat is tender and potatoes cooked. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 21, 2018

          Great tips Mariya, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    March 14, 2018

    Mr. Weatherman announces fresh delivery of snow for this weekend so this is just perfect timing 🙂 Thank you ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2018

      My pleasure! I hope it helps keep you warm! 🙂 Reply

  • salsabil
    March 14, 2018

    Thanks Natasha it looks delicious and appetizing,as we have many sort of stews I am going to call it Natasha stew 😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2018

      It tastes as good as it looks too! I hope you love the Natsha stew, lol! 🙂 Reply

  • Monika
    March 13, 2018

    Looks amazing! I’m definitely gonna make this for Easter. Question. My kiddos don’t like mushrooms. At all. 🙂 Do you think it’s crucial for the stew or can you please suggest something in lieu of mushrooms? Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2018

      Hi Monika, I always make it with the mushrooms but my readers have reported good results omitting the mushrooms. Diane wrote: “This is the best beef stew I have ever made. My husband agrees but prefers that I leave out the mushrooms. But I also throw in some frozen peas instead.” Reply

  • Elfi
    March 13, 2018

    Hi Nat!

    Thank you for the awesome recipe!
    I was wondering if I can substitute the lamb with beef or meatballs?
    I’m all for less dishes to wash!

    Thank you again, and God bless you for helping us to cook healthier food at home! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2018

      Hi Elfi, We often make a slightly different version of this with our beef stew. I love it with beef also. This lamb stew recipe does simplify the process (easier!) because it is made in one pan but you can absolutely switch out the lamb for beef. Reply

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