One pot Bacon Braised Lamb Stew! A paleo friendly Lamb stew full of wholesome vegetables and hearty flavor! Minimal ingredients and easy to make. Let’s just say the bacon and lamb combo together do wonders. Great for family dinners, freezer friendly, and whole 30 option.
Just letting you know this One pot Bacon Braised Lamb Stew recipe was originally created a few years ago. When life was SOO different. I retested, rephotographed, updated OUR LIFE happenings within the post.
I think you all would agree that stew is one of the best comfort foods, right? That and soup, especially this flu buster soup. But braised lamb stew would be my cozy stew of choice. And there is a reason for this. Like A BIG CORNY COTTER reason.
You see, Lamb stew is one of my husband’s favorite dishes! He’s from New Zealand and misses eating lamb on a regular basis! So whenever I make this, it reminds him of home. Which makes me happy because he’s happy. Ya know?
But here’s where I get corny and a little personal. Yes, I’m realizing you all would like me to be more personal.
Grab yourself a bowl and let’s chat.
Right now, at this very moment, my husband is very much jet lagged. He spent the last two and a half weeks visiting family and such in New Zealand. Let’s just say he needed a break from current some job dilemmas (again). PLus we are ALWAYS exploring ways to eventually MOVE there, so off he went. It’s all up in the air right now, and of course, nothing is concrete. It won’t be for another month, but still…. there is game plan to get back to New Zealand in 4-5 years. Life in the land of KIWI fruit and all things LORD OF THE RINGS. You know I had to go there.
Anyways, this past year took us for one heck of a ride. New career, new city, new state, new everything, new hardships (work, marriage, health, etc). But in all seriousness, our true identities were really shown through. We were a husband and wife team starting over. In all areas. On another (new) path. A path that was still quite unclear.
And as I mentioned in my January’s ONE THING post, life needed a REFOCUS! A focus on health, our marriage, and purposeful living.
So here I am today with a desire to nurture that one thing with lamb stew. Why? Because it reminds my husband that home is where we are, even if we can’t be in New Zealand.
Because it nurtures our bodies and souls (enter corniness) with real food. Whole 30 and paleo friendly food! Because through the whole bacon braising and lamb stewing process is like nurturing your senses. It helps you slow down and savor all the things. The smell of bacon tends to do that to me, you know… ponder life (end corniness).
Darn, I should have photographed a picture of us with our nose smelling the stew. Just kidding! But I digress. Keep looking at the stew.. ohh.. ahh, yum!
Back to my point…. while slow cooking (braising) this lamb stew, I rediscovered the wife who LOVES being a wife, and taking the time to actually BE one. Whether that be cooking a favorite meal or supporting ANY and ALL dreams and plans!Print
This paleo friendly Lamb stew is PACKED full of vegetables and flavor! Minimal ingredients and easy to make. Whole30 friendly.
- 2 oz uncured bacon strips
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour (or other gluten free flour/starch of choice)
- 1 1/2 lbs of lamb or lamb loin (stew meat or chopped)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 sea salt (or to taste)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic (or about 1 clove)
- 3 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock (gluten free)
- Optional 1 tsp sweetener (see instructions)
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 2 cups chopped potato (use sweet potato for paleo option)
- 1/4 cup white wine (omit for paleo)
- 1 bay leaf
- First, make sure all your veggies are chopped. Set aside.
- Next place bacon strips in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Cook . Drain half the bacon grease out keep the other half in the pot. Save 1 tbsp of the bacon fat for later on. Crumble or chop the bacon into smaller pieces. Set aside.
- Next coat your lamb with gluten free flour and add this to your pot with bacon grease.
- Brown your lamb on medium with the bacon fat. Cook until lamb looks tender and more brown. This will vary depending on the size pieces of your lamb. Anywhere between 6-10 minutes.
- Once the lamb is browned, drain any extra grease fat leaving a little extra in the pot for flavor.
- Next add your pepper, salt, onion, and garlic to the pot with the lamb.
- Saute till onion begins to become golden. If you have any bacon fat left that you drained out at the beginning, add it back into the pot (it adds more flavor but is optional) with the garlic-onion mixture.
- Add your bacon pieces, stock, and optional sugar or honey (omit for whole 30 option). Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Add your carrots, celery, potatoes, white wine, and bay leaf and thyme.
- Stir and simmer again (between low and medium low) covered for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.Remove bay leaf once ready to serve.
Add more broth or water to adjust thickness of stew. Feel free to add more or less salt as well.
Omit sugar/sweetener for whole 30 option.
- Category: main
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 310
- Sugar: 3.5g
- Sodium: 566.4mg
- Fat: 11.5g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g
- Carbohydrates: 17.2g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 30g
- Cholesterol: 85.5mg
Keywords: braised lamb stew, gluten free, paleo, whole30
So here you go. Bacon Braised Paleo Lamb Stew. A stew to feed a hungry man or your clan. A stew that will nourish you and keep you warm.
Here’s what you need to make this “lamb stew for the soul.”
- Fresh veggies: Potatoes, celery, onion.
- Herbs like bay leaf & thyme.
- Uncured Bacon and lamb stew meat
- Chicken broth
- Pepper, Sea salt, and garlic.
- Optional white wine.
That’s about it! And trust me, it’s easier to make than it looks! So go stew away and make some good memories.
Oh and while you’re at it, make some egg free gluten free homemade buttermilk biscuits and serve this for St. Patrick Day! It will bring you extra luck. Just sayin…
I might have gone overboard on the corniness.. but hey, we all need a big hug sometimes, right?!
What’s your go to comfort meal or stew?