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Hearty lamb shanks

Preparation time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
5-9 hours

Make this slow-cooker lamb shank recipe for chilly evenings when you need something simple and hearty.
Serve with mash, fettuccine or a crispy baked potatoes.


• 4 lamb shanks
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp tomato purée
• 250ml light red wine (such as pinot noir)
• 2 tbsp plain flour
• 500ml stock, vegetable, chicken or lamb
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 2 bay leaves
• 2 thyme sprigs
• 1 bunch parsley, leaves chopped separately to the stalks


If you need to preheat your slow cooker then turn it on now. In a large hot frying pan, add half the oil and brown the lamb shanks all over, then transfer them to the slow cooker. This will take you about 10 mins and you may need to do it in batches. Add the remaining oil to the frying pan and fry the onion gently until it starts to turn translucent, then stir in the tomato purée and flour and cook for a minute.

Add the red wine and bring it to a boil, stirring the flour and purée into the wine to make a smooth sauce around the onions. Tip into the slow cooker. Pour the stock into the same pan and bring it to a boil, then tip into the slow cooker. Add the carrots garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley stalks to the slow cooker and put the lid on. Cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours. Turn the shanks at some point during the cooking.

After eight hours the lamb should be tender and starting to fall off the bone. If the sauce is too thin lift out the lamb and carrots and tip the sauce into a pan, boil it rapidly until it starts to thicken before adding the parsley.

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