Slow Cooked Abruzzi Lamb

by mediocremum on 25/10/2011

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This one of our most favourite slow cooker recipes of all time.  I can’t emphasize enough how gorgeous it is.  It does serve 3-4 but we ate it all between the two of us.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooked Abruzzi Lamb
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 TBSP of olive oil
  • 500-750 g of lamb or mutton cubed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100g pancetta
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp of lazy garlic or 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBSP of plain flour
  • 300 ml of lamb stock
  • I TBSP tomato purée
  • 2 tsp of light muscovado sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 300g cherry tomatoes
  • Tagliatelle
  • Salad
  1. Preheat slow cooker
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan; season the lamb with a bit of salt and pepper and then brown (5-7 min), transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Saute the onions with the pancetta for 3-5 minutes until the onion is soft, add the garlic and cook for two minutes, sprinkle with flour, stir and cook for another a minute.
  4. Add the stock gradually stirring continuously until it thickens. Add the tomato purée, sugar, rosemary and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour over lamb in slow cooker and top with cherry tomatoes. Replace the lid and cook for at least 8 hours.
  6. Serve over a bed of tagliatelle with a side green salad.

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1 Gillian Carr October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Abruzzi Lamb is fabulous! Beautiful and tender and makes a nice change from spicy slow cooker receipies. Next time I make it I’m going to try adding a can of chopped tomatoes and a little stock as I think it would make a better sauce to have with the pasta. Loved it though, the cherry tomatoes were fabulous! thanks


2 fantasticpru October 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Sounds yum. Will give it a go. My mum does a similar recipe but it has flageolet beans instead of the pancetta.


3 Reluctant Housedad November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Awesome recipe. And I am blessed with having a half shoulder of lamb, some pancetta AND a slow cooker, so that’s me sorted then.


4 danny July 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Rapidly becoming a household favourite – lovely recipe :)


5 mediocremum December 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Probably one of my top 5 Slow Cooker Recipes.


6 Cindy @Hun... What's for Dinner? January 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

What a wonderful Crock Pot recipe. I’m sure it is delicious! Thank you so much for linking up to Simple Supper Tuesday at Hun…. What’s for Dinner? :o)


7 Jo February 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

Freya made this last night and it was soooooo good! :-)


8 A March 30, 2014 at 5:15 am

Im trying this dish tonight…I hope it turns out as amazing as all the reviews :)


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