Mediterranean Lamb and Lentil Stew


This light and delicious stew makes a perfect springtime meal, especially when served over rice pilaf. It's a favorite of my children.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds lamb shoulder arm chops, cubed, round bones reserved

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed

  • 2 cups chicken broth, or more as needed

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • ½ cup ricotta salata cheese, crumbled


  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the lamb cubes and bones and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add onion and garlic and continue cooking about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

  2. Stir in the lentils, 2 cups of the chicken broth, tomatoes, carrots and the thyme, sage and basil. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender but not quite done, stirring occasionally. Depending on the type and freshness of the lentils, this will take from 15 to 30 minutes. If the stew seems dry, add more broth (up to one cup additional). Discard the lamb bones.

  3. Add the spinach and cook 5 minutes more. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Garnish individual servings with some of the crumbled cheese.


Cooking the lamb with the bones adds extra richness to the sauce, but you can substitute one pound of boneless, trimmed lamb stew meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

572 Calories
27g Fat
46g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1049mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 20g 70%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 45mg 227%
Calcium 248mg 19%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1252mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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