Lean Lamb Hotpot

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Serves: 4 (438 calories/portion)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 700g well-trimmed lamb leg meat (or leg steaks)
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and thickly sliced (about 300g prepared weight)
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml lamb stock, made with 1 lamb stock cube
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 rosemary stalk or ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • flaked sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • - - -
  • Potato topping
  • 3 medium potatoes (about 500g)

Cooking Method

  1. Trim any visible fat off the lamb and cut the meat into rough 3cm chunks. Season generously all over with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the lamb in 2 batches over a medium-high heat until nicely browned on all sides. Transfer the browned meat to a medium casserole dish– it will need to hold about 2.5 litres.
  3. Tip the onions and carrots into the pan with the lamb and sprinkle with the flour. Toss everything together well, then pour over the stock and add the thyme leaves, rosemary and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3½. Peel the potatoes and cut them into slices about 5mm thick. Arrange the slices on top of the lamb, overlapping and layering them as you go. Season with ground black pepper and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
  5. Bake the hotpot for 1 hour, then remove the lid and bake for a further 45 minutes or until the potatoes are nicely browned and the lamb is tender. Check by poking with the point of a knife into the centre of the lamb filling – if the meat is done the knife should slide in easily. Serve with freshly cooked greens.

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  • I made this last week for the 1st time and it was simply delicious, we didnt have quite enough lamb so we added some extra root vegtables. YUM YUM!!!!! I think this will become one of our winter favourites :) thanks guys x

    • i made this delious stew so easy and very tasty

  • Made this the other night for all the family, they all enjoyed it and are still talking about. It was lovely, got the book now so will be trying all the recipes can't wait Thanks Dave and Si

  • i just love all you do byou do it so we under stand thank you xxx

  • With two young children and a hungry husband to feed I like the fact that this was a really easy recipe to follow and didn't need loads of ingredients to make it taste yum! Trying it out for our Sunday lunch instead of a roast..... Smells delicious! Thanks for giving us some lovely recipes which are healthy as well.

  • Great meal. Good substitute for the usual Sunday roast !

  • Have made this for the whole family a couple of times now- it is brilliant. Part of regular recipes now.

  • I have made this recently and it's yummy . Can't wait to try the other recipes.

  • The family have just scoffed this and declared it 'fantastic' - what a hit and one to add to the repertoire of family meals

  • I made this today for my family, it was really delicious! Had to leave out one carrot because my casserole dish just wasn't big enough, but there was still plenty of it for 4 of us plus one portion left over for tomorrow.

  • I did this in a slow cooker for about 4 hours, but used sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, it was amazing. Definitely going to make it again! Thanks guys.

    • Did you put the whole lot in at the beginning or add the potatoes later? I'm going to try it in the slow cooker later!

  • Have made this dish a couple of times now and we loved it on both occasions. Really easy to prepare and the the slow cooking time gives you plenty of opportunity to tidy up the kitchen before serving!!

  • I don't know where I've gone wrong, but my calorie count for this is 713 calories per person! Is trimming the lamb enough to bring the calorie count down by nearly 300 per person?

  • Made this 2 weeks ago.....yumm...it was a FAB meal and one I will make again, again, again and again

  • Truly delicious and satisfying meal! We made our final portion into soup by adding a lamb stock cube and some water, blitzed it all up in the food processor. Made a really good wholesome soup - give it a try and enjoy!

  • Absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE these recipes. Have the book and just can't wait for the next meal. LITERALLY! It's GREAT food not diet food :D

  • I made this on Friday and it was absolutely delicious as are all the recipes in this book, when is book number 2 coming our :-)

  • Had this lovely meal at my son and daughter in laws at Easter simply delicious so going to make it for visitors this week end. Must get the book as I know my daughter in law has done several of the menus .


  • I wish they wouldn't do the recipes in such big portions, it's a real pain having to work out recipes (with a tablespoon of this and teaspoon of that) when you are cooking for 1. :(

    • Why don't you try portioning it out and freezing it. There are not many books out there that only cater for one.

    • Hi Sean, why not make the whole quantity and freeze in one person portions for another day.

    • just follow the recipe and put the rest into containers and freeze its is delicious cooked a second time and no waste

  • This is the most lovely family meal. We all love it. The children keep coming into the kitchen when it's cooking asking is it ready yet..... So easy to make x

  • Very easy and very tasty. I'm working my way through all the HB receipes, I can't believe how easy and nice they all are....or that it's taken me this long to get on board with them!

  • this is 1 of our favourite out of the 1st book i make it all the time, family and neighbours love it so tasty

  • love your recipes. i wish you also had measures for the usa in your recipes. we're a big country, why ignore us? also wish you had a pinterest link. i love pinning my recipes to keep them, and it would be more promotion for you. :)

    • Not many British recipe books have US measures, as I've found that not many great US recipe books have UK measures. You win some, you lose some...

  • Had this today instead of Sunday roast. Absolutely gorgeous. Really filling and better still there's enough for tomorrow as well!

  • Had this for dinner tonight with invited guests. I increased the recipe to serve 6. It was absolutely lovely. Will definitely make this again.

  • I made this today and it was lovely! Filled us up a treat and really delicious too!
    I think it will become one of my favourite recipes... :-)

  • Lovely.
    I doubled the herbs, added some mint and added a spoonful of sugar too. Delicious.

  • This recipe is absolutely delicious and so simple to make. The whole family loves it so much it is now one of our staples. Fabulous.

  • Am making this fine dish again today, and following a recent occasion when I could only get a pound of lamb I now use this as the norm. I also use spray oil which coupled with the smaller amount of meat, cuts the calories even further with no detriment to the end dish.

  • what do you put on top of a casserole to stop the liquid evaporating, is it greaseproof paper

  • I made this and my daughter enjoyed it so much she was in the kitchen licking the dish

  • So easy to prepair, and tasted absolutely delicious! Guaranteed to earn you lots of brownie points from the Mrs too!

  • Another great recipe that is really tasty and easily to make in the slow cooker also. Love it.

  • Very delicious recipe! Although when I took it out of the oven to remove the lid, my potato topping had sunk! I had to put a new layer of potatoes on top of those to get them crispy. Am I doing something wrong?!

  • Easy, delicious recipe! I usually buy a bigger leg of lamb for Sunday roast then make this the next day with the left over lamb.

  • tried all recipes for a good hot pot you both down to earth waS DELICIOUS

  • Great recipe. Is it possible to add calorie and nutrition info please?

  • wow ….what a great tasting hot pot ….just lovely !!!!

  • A great classic, so simply explained. This one pot recipe is a crowd pleaser or, as it was this evening, a wonderful supper for two after a busy day! Thank you Dave! Big fans!

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