- Prep time
- 20–30 minutes
- Cook time
- 1½ hours
- 6–8 servings
Serve this classic spring stew with rustic artisan bread so you can soak up every last drop of savory goodness.
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cubed
- 2 tablespoons garlic paste
- 2 medium leeks, whites only, julienned to 1-inch long
- 1 quart beef stock
- 1 pound new potatoes, halved
- ½ pound young carrots, cut to 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup snap peas, halved
- ¼ cup fresh basil, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- Kosher or sea salt, to taste
- Cracked black pepper, to taste
Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Carefully add cubed lamb to hot oil and cook for 5–6 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown meat evenly. After meat has browned, add garlic paste and leeks and cook an additional 2–3 minutes. Pour in beef stock, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour.
After the stew has simmered, add potatoes and carrots. Cover with lid and cook an additional 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Just prior to serving, stir in snap peas, basil and rosemary and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Techniques used in this recipe:
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