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November 17, 2023

Classic Lamb Stew


Recipe Provided By
Chef Billy Parisi 
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

4 HR

Total Time

4 Hr 20 min



Stew of lamb, potatoes, and carrots in a bowl


4 1-pound American Lamb shanks
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large or 2 medium-sized leeks, quarter sliced and rinsed
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 cups beef stock
6 garlic cloves
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
5 Yukon potatoes. quartered
6 extra-large carrots, peeled and cut
1 large celeriac root, peeled extra-large diced
1/4 cup finely minced parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste


Season the American Lamb shanks on all sides with salt and pepper.

Add the oil to a large Dutch oven pot and heat to high until it begins to smoke lightly.

Place in the lamb shanks and turn the heat down to medium-high and sear on all sides until they are well browned, which takes about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Remove the lamb shanks and add the onions and leeks to the pan and turn the heat to low-medium and cook while frequently stirring for 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned.

Deglaze with red wine and cook over high heat until it is mostly absorbed into the onions.

Turn the heat down to low medium and mix in the flour until combined to make a roux.

Pour in the beef stock along with the garlic cloves, rosemary sprig, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

Place back in the lamb shanks, cover the pot, and cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours over low heat or until they easily fall from the bone. 

Remove the Lamb shanks and trim the meat away from the bones.

Roughly cut the lamb into 1” chunks. Set them aside.

Place the trimmed lamb bones back in the pot along with the potatoes, carrots, and celeriac root and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, for about 30 minutes.

Finish by stirring back in the cut-up lamb shank and parsley and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Serve the lamb stew in a bowl with optional garnishes of chopped fresh parsley or rosemary.



USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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