Herby baked lamb in tomato sauce

Herby baked lamb in tomato sauce

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 4 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 4 with leftovers
Cook this 'low and slow' in its own sauce til it's so tender you can carve it with a spoon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Leftover meat can be shredded and frozen in sauce

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal595
  • fat40g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 1.8-2kg shoulder of lamb
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 oregano sprigs, leaves stripped from 2



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 3 rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped from 2



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 600ml red wine
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the lamb into a large ovenproof dish. Pour the oil into a small food processor with the oregano and rosemary leaves and the garlic, then whizz to a rough paste. Season the paste well, rub all over the lamb, then roast for 20 mins. Cover, lower the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2, then roast for a further 3 hrs.

  2. Remove the lamb from the oven and carefully pour off all the fat, leaving any meat juices in the dish if you can. Pour over the wine and tomatoes, poke in the remaining herb sprigs, then return, uncovered, to the oven for a further 40 mins. The lamb should now be tender enough to cut with a fork or spoon.

  3. Carefully pour or spoon the wine and tomato sauce into another pan, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface, then re-cover the lamb. Let it rest for up to 30 mins while you roast the potatoes and finish the sauce. Heat the tomato mixture until bubbling, then simmer for 10-15 mins until thickened and saucy. Season with the sugar, and some salt and pepper if it needs it, then pour back around the lamb to serve.

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20th Nov, 2019
Great recipe. We omitted the wine in favour of red wine vinegar. The left over sauce and lamb made a beautiful ragu for pasta the next day. Lovely sunday lunch recipe
13th Sep, 2015
This is delicious. I put mine all in a slow cooker for 7 hours but used the same ingredients and the result was wonderful and incredibly easy.
11th Oct, 2014
Lovely. I replaced the wine with a small amount of wine vinegar and more water.
9th Jan, 2014
I found the sauce tasted too 'raw' despite increasing the cooking time. The meat was well flavoured and tender but the sauce was only so-so. I can't seem to get the rating to work but i would give it a 3.5 out of 5.
25th Feb, 2013
This was probably the best lamb I've ever done, once the sauce has reduced down it is absolutely delicious and a refreshing change from french and british inspired recipes - it won't let me give the 5 star rating for some reason but that's exactly what I would have done
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14th Sep, 2012
Made this as per recipe but with the addition of rehydrated dried mushrooms in at the sauce stage - Don't bother just couldn't taste them at all. I can understand the sour comments and I think while I did not find it "sour" can understand the sauce not being to everyone’s taste and I think next time, and I will make it again, will use 20% to 25% less wine. All in all it was a success and I will try again although I do have to say that personally I felt it a little more ordinary than I expected. BTW does anyone else have the same difficulty of getting hold of fresh Oregano? Sainsbury’s Morrison’s, Asda, and Tesco all drew blanks
1st Jul, 2012
7th Jun, 2012
A really easy dish which you could just leave to cook. Beautifully tender and not at all acidic. Decided to shred all the lamb and mix into the sauce, which I left until the next day to eat with pasta - gorgeous!
13th May, 2012
The lamb was delicious but the sauce was disappointing. I shall cook the lamb in the same way again but use a different sauce.
22nd Jan, 2012
Cooking times and temperatures miles out - meat barely cooked after the times here and it was a smaller piece of meat. Tastes nice though.


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15th Sep, 2013
Although it says you can use leg - I won't in the future. Parts were lovely and soft and some were very dry. I also would use 50% less wine and add the sauce and hour earlier. Even with the reduction I found the sauce to be too sour and did not reduce enough - I had it on the hob for half an our. That being said - it was tasty and I will try again with my changes above.
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