Easter lamb with peas


Easter lamb with peas

Prep Time: 20 Mins Cooking Time: 1 Hour 30 Mins Total Time: 1 Hour 50 Mins


  • 1kg/2lb 4oz boned lamb shoulder, cut into large chunks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150ml/5fl oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ x 50g/2oz tin anchovy fillets
  • handful thyme sprigs
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 250ml/9fl oz white wine
  • 25ml/1fl oz white wine vinegar
  • 250g/9oz fresh or frozen peas
  • 400g/14oz potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 200g/7oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • bread, to serve


  1. Season the lamb chunks with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large lidded pan and fry the onions, carrot and celery for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add the garlic, anchovies, thyme and chilli, and continue to cook, stirring, until the anchovies have almost dissolved into the oil. Add the lamb chunks and fry for a further 4-5 minutes, or until browned all over.
  4. Stir in the wine and continue to cook until the volume of the liquid has reduced by half, then add the vinegar. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the peas, potatoes and tomatoes, cover again and continue to cook for about an hour, until the sauce has reduced by half.
  6. Serve hot with plenty of bread to mop up the sauce.