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Lamb Stew Recipe

Lamb Stew Recipe

My grandmother used to make this stew as a special Sunday meal…and a memorable treat from Ireland. —Vickie Desourdy, Washington, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Guinness stout or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, brown lamb in butter and oil in batches. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute carrots and onions in drippings until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Gradually add broth and beer. Stir in lamb, potatoes, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Cover and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring every 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Stir in cream; heat through.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of stew in freezer containers and freeze up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 311 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 829mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Lamb Stew

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schamberlain 251941
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"Amazing! The meat is so tender and the broth has so much flavor. Delicious"

Zocoyota 197756
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"It was delicious the meat was so juicing"

khegeman 192950
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Thought the beer taste was too strong."

cjmorgant110 136846
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"Very yummy. I substituted Yukon Gold potatoes for Red as I like those better. Also had trouble finding Lam Stew meat so had the butcher take a leg of lamb, de-bone it and cut into stew meat. Was very tender."

melfreas 212779
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"Delicious!! And easy to prepare. We found the amount of pepper to be a little overpowering, so I'll just add less when I make it again. I cut the carrots and potatoes into more bite size pieces, cooked it for 1 1/2 hours, and that may have been just slightly too long - they both got a little mushy. Didn't really mind it though because it added to the creaminess once the heavy whipping cream was added. The next time I make it I may cut the pieces a bit bigger to see how it turns out. Overall, a very good recipe!!"

dmsl56 136845
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I have never been a great stew fan and have never found a recipe that I really liked. That's all changed now. This recipe was EXCELLENT. So tasty, and distinct flavors. I cut the lamb and veggies more bite sized than one inch and it cooked a bit faster - about an hour and a half - and the lamb was really tender and the vegetables were not mushy. Really really good."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.