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Best-ever lamb casserole


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:
Best-ever lamb casserole
Recipe photograph by Dan Jones

Best-ever lamb casserole

Have this slow-cooked lamb casserole recipe up your sleeve for old-school comfort food whenever you need it

Serves: 6
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
517Kcal
Fat
26gr
Saturates
10gr
Carbs
17gr
Sugars
9gr
Fibre
5gr
Protein
51gr
Salt
1.4gr

Debbie Major

Debbie Major

Cook, writer and food stylist, Debbie's reputation for foolproof, delicious recipes is second to none. She is renowned for her dedication to seasonal home cooking and her love of all things rustic and authentic. Simplicity over cheffy is her motto!
See more of Debbie Major’s recipes
Debbie Major

Debbie Major

Cook, writer and food stylist, Debbie's reputation for foolproof, delicious recipes is second to none. She is renowned for her dedication to seasonal home cooking and her love of all things rustic and authentic. Simplicity over cheffy is her motto!
See more of Debbie Major’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 50g plain flour
  • 1.4-1.5kg boneless shoulder or leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g unsmoked bacon lardons or pancetta
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 medium carrots (about 600g), peeled and cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 4 large celery sticks, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 750ml chicken or lamb stock
  • 3 bay leaves

Step by step

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The casserole keeps for 3-4 days in the fridge, or freezes well.
  1. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and season. Add the diced lamb to the bowl and toss until coated. Shake off the excess flour and reserve. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a flameproof casserole or large nonstick pan, add half the lamb and fry over a high heat until browned on all sides. Lift out to a plate and repeat with the rest of the lamb. Set aside.
  2. Add the bacon to the pan and cook over a medium heat until golden brown. Add the onion and, if needed, the remaining oil, and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden. Add the carrots and celery, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover, add the garlic and rosemary and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir the reserved flour into the veg, followed by the tomato purée, stock and bay leaves, and bring to the boil, stirring. Return the lamb to the pan, part-cover, lower the heat and leave to simmer for 1¼ hours or until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to make sure it’s not catching on the base. Discard the bay leaves and season to taste.

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