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Irish Stew

This delicious version of classic Irish Stew is a one-pot dish that uses a cheaper cut of lamb, which means you’ll skimp on price but not on flavor.
Course Main
Cuisine Irish
Keyword comfort food, lamb, stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 960kcal
Author Erren


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 7 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 pound stewing lamb cubed
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery sliced
  • 4 carrots sliced into chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • small bunch fresh parsley chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup pearl barley
  • 3 1⁄2 cups lamb or chicken stock
  • 6 medium potatoes cut into cubes


  • Preheat the oven to 300F/140C
  • Heat the oil in a large, oven-safe pan over medium-low heat.
  • Cook the bacon for 4 mins until crisp.
  • Turn up the heat, then brown the lamb on all sides (for about 6).
  • Remove the meats with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the onions, carrots, celery and herbs to the pan, then cook
  • for about 5 mins until softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Return the meat to the pan, stir in the pearl barley, pour over the stock, then bring to a simmer.
  • Place the potatoes on top of the stew, cover, then braise in the oven, undisturbed, for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are soft and the meat is tender.
  • Serve.


Calories: 960kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 2313mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 10345IU | Vitamin C: 45.9mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 13.7mg