• Iris Windsor

Italian Lamb Stew

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

All of the recipes that I post on the Dragonfly's Early Learning site have been trialed and tested. This recipe is no exception and I can really recommend it. Great as an evening meal and even better as lunches or for another meal. It is nice to be able to find a recipe that you can make ahead of time and just heat to serve so this can be prepared over the weekend to use during the week

This recipe is perfect for that and I love to make well ahead of time for 2 reasons

.Time allows the flavours to develop so it actually improves over time

.Time allows any fat to rise to the surface and solidify. This can then be scooped off the top before reheating and serving

This is a really delicious and flavourful stew, particularly if you follow the instructions as the method has been developed to maximize the flavours.

Italian Lamb Stew


olive oil

4 anchovies

2 onions diced

4 cloves garlic

1kg lamb shoulder

salt and pepper

1 large carrot cleaned and diced

2 stalks celery diced finely

1 small red chili, seeds removed and diced small

1 glass white wine

2 tablesp white wine vinegar

4 potatoes scrubbed, cut into pieces and salted

2 x punnets cherry tomatoes (400gms)

250 mls stock

200gms green frozen peas

chop celery leaves to garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan

  2. Add anchovies and cook for a few minutes till melted in oil

  3. Place lamb in a bowl and add salt and pepper

  4. Toss till coated

  5. Add to pan and sear till lamb is sealed and brown all over

  6. Add diced onions and diced garlic and cook till translucent

  7. Scrub and dice carrot

  8. Add to pan

  9. Dice celery and chilli

  10. Add to pan

  11. Add 1 glass of wine

  12. Stir and allow wine and juices to evaporate

  13. Add 2 tablesp white wine vinegar

  14. Cover with a old or alfoil

  15. Cook for 20 mins

  16. Taste for flavour

  17. Potato dice salt and pepper

  18. Add tomatoes

  19. add 250mls stock

  20. Turn heat down

  21. Cover

  22. Cook 40 to 50mins

  23. Add peas

  24. Cook for 10 mins

  25. Celery leaves chopped

  26. Note: I am not an anchovy fan so made it without. It was still really delicious!!


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