Lamb Neck Soup

Matt Sinclair

Ingredients:

Serves: 4

  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 800g lamb neck, cut into 4 chunks (ask the butcher)
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1.5 Litres salt reduced chicken stock
  • 100gm green beans, chopped into 1cm pieces
  • 150g broad beans
  • ½ bunch chives

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a heavy-based pan or casserole pot over a medium-high heat. Season the lamb with salt on each side. Once the oil is shimmering, add the lamb and brown for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate and reduce the heat to medium.
  2. Add in the onion and carrot and cook, stirring often for approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes – avoid burning the garlic. Return the meat to the pan along with the bay leaves and cover with stock. Bring to a light boil before reducing the heat to low. Cover and allow to simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, blanch the greens in a pot of salted water for about 1-2 minutes and transfer to an ice bath. Shell the broad beans and set the greens aside.
  4. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper, adding the beans just before serving to warm them through. Divide the meat and stew into serving bowls and garnish with chopped chives.

Our friends at Wine Selectors suggest pairing this dish with a Merlot.

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