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5 from 1 vote

Braised Lamb Ragu

Diced lamb slow cooked in a rich sauce, perfect over pasta or mashed potatoes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: braised, lamb, ragu
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 kg lamb shoulder diced
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • ½ cup sliced dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • to serve pasta of your choice, mashed potato or polenta
  • grated parmesan to serve


  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Brown the lamb in two batches, cooking for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions and carrots to the pan then cook stirring for 10 minutes or until softened. Add in the garlic, tomato paste and herbs then cook stirring for a further 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Preheat oven to 160°add the red wine and deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil and allow to reduce by half.
  • Add the stock and porcini mushrooms and return the lamb to the pan, stir thoroughly to combine. Bring to a simmer then cover and place into the oven to braise 2 hours.
  • Remove from the oven and use two forks to shred the lamb, it should be almost falling apart. Season to taste and serve over pasta/polenta/mashed potato.