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Lamb Ragu

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"The lamb offers a rich flavor while the fresh herbs give it the garden aroma and the citrus zest brings it to life! Serve with pasta."
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3 h 30 m servings 450
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch over over medium-high heat.
  2. Season lamb shoulder with salt and pepper; cook in hot oil until well-browned on all sides, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove shoulder to a platter.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Stir onion, celery, carrot, fennel, and garlic into the rendered fat remaining in the Dutch oven; season with salt. Cook and stir the vegetables in the hot fat, scraping the bottom of the pot to release any dark bits of meat stuck, until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Return lamb shoulder to the Dutch oven along with any juices accumulated on the platter; add tomatoes and white wine. Bundle marjoram, thyme, and rosemary together with kitchen twine; add to the Dutch oven and submerge in liquid. Place a cover on the Dutch oven, bring the liquid in it to a boil, and transfer pot to the oven.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Pour 1 cup water into the Dutch oven and continue cooking for 1 hour more.
  7. Remove lamb to a cutting board, cut into small pieces, and return to the Dutch oven. Pour remaining 1 cup water over the lamb and stir.
  8. Cook until lamb is tender, about 30 minutes more.
  9. Stir rosemary, orange zest, and red pepper flakes into the lamb mixture. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 450 calories; 24.9 16.1 21.9 77 357 Full nutrition

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I was looking forward to making this for awhile and everything came together for us today. I enjoy ragu particularly the veggies. This recipe is time intensive, but simple to make. Three obse...

Orange zest was a lovely addition

I used frozen pearl onions that I caramelized before adding to ragu. I served this (along with other dishes) for a Easter buffet. It was the most complemented item I served. The chili flakes add...

I made this a couple of years ago and remember it being delicious. It’s hard to find fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, and especially marjoram) in rural Louisiana since virtually no grocery stores ...

This was a 4 star for me but 5 star for my friend and her husband. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and round up since I was using leftover lamb from a whole lamb we had catered for a par...