Navarin of lamb & spring vegetables

Navarin of lamb & spring vegetables

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Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Gordon combines baby veg and tender meat in his lighter version of a bistro classic

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal716
  • fat49g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre9g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.97g
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  • 12 baby carrots
  • 12 baby turnips



    Turnips are creamy-white with a lovely purple, red or greenish upper part where the taproot has…

  • 12 baby leeks



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 80g pea, frozen are fine



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 120g podded broad bean, skinned
    Broad beans

    Broad bean

    braw-d be-en

    A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable – they grow in…

  • 12 pearl onions or small shallots, peeled, see tips below



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 lamb fillets, about 700g in total, see tips below



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 300ml light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • 300ml fresh chicken stock
  • 50g cold butter, cut into small pieces



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • bunch tarragon, leaves picked and chopped and few left whole



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…


  1. Trim all the veg and peel the carrots. Boil a large pan of water and have a bowl of heavily iced water ready. Working in batches, cook the turnips for 3 mins, scoop into the iced water, then scoop out to drain. Repeat the process, cooking the carrots for 4 mins, the leeks for 5 mins, the peas and broad beans together for 1 min and finally the onions for 8-10 mins. Use a clean cloth to rub the skins off the turnips. Put all the vegetables in separate piles on a plate. TIP: Use the timings for cooking the baby vegetables only as a guideline, as they can vary in size. To be sure the vegetables are cooked properly, add a few more than the required amount to the water for you to test as they cook.

  2. Slice the lamb fillets into finger-thick pieces, then season generously with salt and freshly ground pepper.

  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan, then fry the lamb pieces for 2 mins on each side for rare or 3 mins on each side for medium. Tip the lamb into a colander with a bowl underneath to catch the juices, then leave in a warm place. TIP: When you cook lots of pieces of meat together, place them in the pan like points on a clock face – this makes it easy to remember which needs turning and removing from the pan first.

  4. Place the pan back on the heat and tip in the wine. Boil vigorously until reduced to a sticky syrup, then pour in 200ml of the chicken stock and any lamb juices from the bowl. Boil down until reduced by about half, then whisk in the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the chopped tarragon. Pour the sauce into a small bowl, then wipe out the pan with kitchen paper.

  5. Heat a drizzle of oil and add the turnips and onions. Sizzle until starting to brown, then sprinkle over the sugar and a pinch of salt. Cook, shaking the pan constantly, until the veg are caramelised. Add carrots, leeks and balsamic, bubble for a moment, then add the stock. Bring to the boil, add the peas and broad beans, then boil for a few mins until all the liquid has nearly evaporated. Turn off heat.

  6. To serve, dress each bowl by placing a few pieces of lamb on the base, spooning the smaller vegetables around the lamb and balancing the carrots and leeks on top. Pour the hot sauce over everything, scatter with tarragon leaves and finally drizzle with olive oil.

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28th May, 2011
Not worth the effort. Sauce completely over powers the meat. Stick with the traditional recipe and cook cheaper meat slowly to get all the flavours out, then add the vegetables in order of denseness at the end so that they're nice and fresh - simple.
18th Mar, 2009
I cooked this for my girlfriend the other week she really enjoyed will def be doing again.
19th Jun, 2008
forgot to rate it!
19th Jun, 2008
I made this in April for my sister-in-law visiting, and we all thought it was fantastic, and something that a lot of effort must have gone into - though it was actually quite straightforward. I couldn't find all the baby versions of the veg, so where I couldn't, I just cut up larger versions, and didn't really notice the difference (though the baby versions are very nice to look at!) It was so tasty, I'm making it for the mother-and-father-in-law tomorrow night. yum. thanks gordon.
15th Apr, 2008
My husband cooked this for dinner - just the two of us - last Saturday. It was fantastic - beter than some restaurant dishes, for sure. He'd never cooked lamb fillet before, and the taste and texture of this cut, along with the aniseedy flavour of the tarragon was wonderful. He left out the turnips, but we didn't miss them. This is a really delicious treat for two.
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