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Lamb Stew

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


8 servings (2.50 quarts)

My grandmother used to make this stew as a special Sunday meal. It's an unforgettable treat from Ireland. —Vickie Desourdy, Washington, North Carolina
Lamb Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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; add a little water if necessary.

Nutrition 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: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • sgronholz
    Mar 29, 2020

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! Although I used beef instead of lamb, my husband said it tasted just like the stew he had in Ireland.

  • schamberlain
    Jul 27, 2016

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

  • Zocoyota
    Oct 2, 2014

    It was delicious the meat was so juicing

  • khegeman
    Mar 10, 2014

    Thought the beer taste was too strong.

  • cjmorgant110
    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
    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
    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.