Posted on 02 December 2011 by

Lamb Stew in Roasted Tomato Sauce

By David Harbilas

Braises and soups are my all-time favorite things to cook, along with stocks.

They are a measure of simplicity, technique, and complexity, as they combine flavors in a series of steps that creates a layered whole.

In a way, it’s hard to screw up a stew, since long, slow cooking is a very forgiving way of cooking.

Yet it seems to me that there are plenty of mediocre ones out there. This is one that I made a few weeks ago. When I came to the step when I usually add a little stock to the braising liquid I simply left it out, as there was a lot of juice from the tomatoes. What resulted was a very rich, deeply-flavored stew that tasted as though it had cooked all day, even though it only took about two hours.

Serves 4

  • 1 boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 cans plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Heat an oven-proof dish over high heat with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and sear well, in batches if necessary. Remove the browned lamb to a plate. Saute the carrots, celery, and onions in the same pan until lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes, adding olive oil as necessary. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring to coat the vegetables evenly.

Add the white wine, thyme, and bay leaf and cook until the wine is reduced by half. Return the lamb to the pan and add the plum tomatoes, crushing with your hand as you drop them into the dish. Cover the dish and place in the oven for at least 1 ½ hours, or until the meat is very tender and the sauce has thickened slightly.

One Response to “Lamb Stew in Roasted Tomato Sauce”

  1. alan north Says:

    Thank you very much for the tomato casual e-mails I recieve.
    If you have a flavorful “tomato onion sauce” to go with a
    hot dog please e-mail it to me. As a child my late father
    and I enjoy a well simmered tomato and onion sauce hot dog together twice a week. Cant seem to get them anymore.



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