One-pot Irish stew

    1 hour 45 min

    There's nothing more warming on a cold, wet day than a simple Irish stew made with lamb and potatoes. It doesn't need to be complicate dot taste good. This is my mum's recipe.


    Midlothian, Scotland, UK
    150 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 750g boneless lamb shoulder, chopped
    • 1 litre water or stock
    • Salt
    • 1 onion, thickly sliced
    • 8 potatoes, peeled and quartered
    • 2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
    • Freshly chopped parsley or leeks

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Place the lamb in a large pot, cover with water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil; skim off any white fat that comes to the surface, then simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes.
    2. Add the onion and half of the potatoes and cook for 30 minutes until the potatoes are soft; break them up and stir - this will thicken the stew.
    3. Add the remaining potatoes and carrots. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes until potatoes are cooked. Season well with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in fresh parsley or chopped leeks. Serve piping hot.

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    I used 5 medium sized potatoes and still think it was a bit too much. Maybe the author used 8 very small potatoes. Anyways, I had to double the amount of chicken stock to accommodate the amount of potatoes. With only salt as the seasoning, I found the stew quite bland so I added thyme and rosemary. It is comfort food, nothing elaborate about it, nothing that jumps out at you flavor-wise.  -  15 Mar 2012


    not a favorite. Recipe was very bland, no seasonings other then salt. While it was easy to make, I love lamb, this was not a favorite with my family other in my oldest chid. And I wasn't sure how much parsley or leeks to add. So I just added a few tablespoons of each and hoped that I added the right amount.  -  19 Mar 2012


    Loved this recipe - Added leeks at the same time that I added the onions, which made for some very very delicious flavoring!  -  18 Mar 2012