Lamb stew with mashed potatoes on plate and stew in dish

Slow cooker lamb shanks

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 hrs - 9 hrs

Easy

Serves 4

Make this slow cooker lamb shank recipe for chilly evenings when you need something simple and hearty. Serve with mash, fettucine or a crispy baked potato

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal547
  • fat32g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.32g
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Ingredients

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 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…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 250ml light red wine (such as pinot noir)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml stock, vegetable, chicken or lamb
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bunch parsley, leaves chopped separately to the stalks
    Parsley

    Parsley

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    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. If you need to preheat your slow cooker then turn it on now. In a large hot frying pan, add half the oil and brown the lamb shanks all over, then transfer them to the slow cooker. This will take you about 10 mins and you may need to do it in batches. Add the remaining oil to the frying pan and fry the onion gently until it starts to turn translucent, then stir in the tomato purée and flour and cook for a minute.

  2. Add the red wine and bring it to a boil, stirring the flour and purée into the wine until you have a smooth sauce around the onion pieces. Tip into the slow cooker. Pour the stock into the same pan and bring it to a boil, then tip into the slow cooker. Add the carrots garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley stalks to the slow cooker and put the lid on. Cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours. Turn the shanks over at some point during the cooking.

  3. After eight hours the lamb should be tender and starting to fall off the bone. If the sauce is too thin lift out the lamb and carrots and tip the sauce into a pan, boil it rapidly until it starts to thicken before adding the parsley.

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