Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this classic Irish Stew is healthy, hearty and brimming with tender meat and vegetables.
This weekend I had the opportunity to visit our former hometown, Minneapolis, for a food blogger’s brunch at the new Pinch of Yum studio (pictured below). The Twin Cities are wonderful for many reasons — one of them being that it’s a mecca for talented chefs, bakers, recipe developers and food bloggers. Never in my life have I seen so many people who are passionate about food, community, sustainability and health all living in one metro area. It amazes and inspires me, and I’m so thankful to know and be able to learn from them all.
After a packed weekend of seeing old friends and neighbors, and visiting some of our favorite spots in Minneapolis, I was happy to be back home in Des Moines Sunday night. And I was even more happy when I realized I had leftovers of this Irish Stew to enjoy for dinner. Leftovers are seriously my saving grace. I don’t know what I would do without them!
What’s great about stew is that the longer it sits, the better it tastes. I originally made this Irish Stew in the middle of last week, but by the time Sunday rolled around the flavor had become even more delicate and rich. If you’re looking for something to make for St. Patrick’s Day, this is your recipe!
I chose to make this version of Irish Stew with lamb, which is more of a traditional approach, but if you’re not a lamb fan, feel free to substitute beef. Either way, the slow cooking stovetop technique is what makes this recipe so great. The meat and vegetables become so deliciously tender, you’ll be left speechless.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon marjoram
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ½ pounds boneless leg of lamb (or beef chuck), cut into 1” cubes
- ¼ cup lentils
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 4 cups beef broth
- 3 medium golden potatoes, cubed
- Fresh thyme for garnish
- In a large stockpot, heat olive oil and cook onions over medium-high heat until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
eThe thyme garnish on this is sooo pretty! What a great recipe.
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
The perfect hearty, comforting meal for St. Patty’s Day Lauren! Thanks for sharing the yum! Enjoy the week!
Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate says
Yum. I bet this is great left over too!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Totally one of those dishes with the best leftovers! What a fantastic stew for the season!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
I love a good Irish stew! This sounds so delicious, especially with the rainy weather we’ve been having. Total comfort food, yum!
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
Wow, you got to go to the Pinch of Yum studio, that’s so awesome! And so is this stew, yum!
Dr. Jennifer Weinberg MD MPH | Simple Pure Whole Wellness says
So cozy and comforting! Stew is perfect for cold nights.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
You always have the best weekends! I’m jealous!! But, I’m also glad you had a great time! 😉 You can never go wrong with a classic and your Irish Stew looks perfect, mi-dear! Cozy, comforting and Deeeee-licious! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day! Cheers, sweets! xo
This looks SO delicious! I hope to try it soon!! 😀 Thank you for sharing!
This stew sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! 😉
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says
This recipe looks great: I love how chunky you left the ingredients!
Eva @ 1 Big Bite says
I am really into lamb lately. This Irish stew is perfect for St. Patricks Day!
Thanks for sharing,
Lauren Gaskill says
Hi Eva! Lamb is one of my favorite types of meat. You’ll want to come back Friday for another lamb recipe! 😀
Erica D. says
OMG I want this so bad right now! I’ve been craving a hearty stew after seriously drinking nothing but protein shakes during the conference!
I’m with you Erica, totally want this for dinner!!
Ashlyn | Dollop Of Yum says
Yum! This stew looks absolutely fantastic! 🙂
Meghan | Fox and Briar says
So cool that you got to connect with some great local bloggers, that is something I am hoping to do in my area too. And I am jealous that you were at the Pinch of Yum studio! I follow them on snapchat and have been watching the process, it looks amazing! As for this stew, my mom always made stew for ST. Paddy’s day (rather than corned beef and cabbage). I feel like Irish Stew is a more traditional food. And I love that you used lamb here! So good!
linda the baker who kerns says
Now this is like the definition of comfort food right here! I would love to snuggle up and watch a movie with this hearty lamb stew!