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Lamb shank, bacon, lentil pot
4.83 from 23 votes

Lamb, Bacon and Lentil Stew

This delicious slow cooked meal is so nourishing and easy to prepare. It's sure to become a firm favourite. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4


  • 2 onion/s -peeled and sliced
  • 2 clove/s garlic -sliced
  • 4 lamb shanks -small, or two large ones (depending upon your appetite)
  • 400 g can brown lentils -drained and rinsed or 1 cup cooked brown lentils
  • 3 carrot/s -sliced roughly
  • 4 rasher/s bacon -diced roughly
  • 250 ml chicken stock or bone broth (1 cup)
  • 60 ml red wine (¼ cup)
  • 100 g mushrooms -Swiss brown or button, sliced (1 cup)
  • 3 stick/s celery -sliced roughly
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves -chopped (or 1 tablespoon of dried)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Optional extras

  • 1 zucchini/s - or eggplant or parsnip, diced


  • Preheat your oven to 160℃/320℉ (fan-forced).
  • In a large oven proof dish (I like my cast iron pot), place the lamb shanks and brown quickly on the stove top (in a little olive oil or ghee) over a medium high heat. This is not essential and I have to confess, I'm a bit lazy and tend to take the just throw it all in approach.
  • Next, add all of the ingredients, season and stir to combine. Make sure the lamb shanks are toward the bottom of the dish and covered with the liquid and other ingredients.
  • Place the lid on the pot and cook for 3 hours. I aim for 3 hours, as the longer it cooks the more tender the lamb. I tend to put it in the oven before school pick up and it's ready in time for dinner. It's very forgiving so can easily cook for longer. *
  • Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley (good way to hide this very nutritious green) and serve alone or with one of the following...

Slow Cooker

  • This can certainly cooked in a slow cooker. However, as the speed and temperature varies between the many brands of slow cookers, base the amount of liquid you add and the cook time on a similar style of recipe in the guide book for your specific slow cooker. The general rule of thumb is to halve the liquid and double the cook time, but understanding your own slow cooker is the best guide.

Serving suggestions

  • Steamed and buttered vegetables.
  • Mashed potato, sweet potato or pumpkin (soaks up the delicious juices).
  • Pureed or mashed cauliflower.
  • Cauliflower, broccoli and lemon salad (recipe on the website).
  • Green beans, steamed and dressed with lemon juice, zest and EV olive oil.
  • A simple bowl of greens or a salad.


  • Re-heat in a low oven until just hot.


  • Airtight in the fridge and can also be frozen (remove the bone to freeze).


Vegetarian is Possible

Double the lentils, use vegetable stock, add 300g mushrooms and add a tablespoon of smoked paprika (to add a smoky flavour like bacon). You could also add tempeh if you'd like and cook for only 1 hour.


Leave out the lentils and add in extra veggies. I love adding parsnip and sweet potatoes but you can add whatever you like really.


Replace the onion with a small bulb of diced fennel. 


Replace the garlic with a good pinch of chilli flakes.

Green boost

Stir in a bunch of kale (leaves trimmed and diced) at the very end of cooking (last 5 mins).


Replace the red wine with more stock or broth and a tsp of balsamic vinegar. 

Let me know what your think.  I love receiving your comments.