Braised Lamb Shoulder

Braised Lamb Shoulder
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  • 6Servings


  • 1 3 1/2- 4 pound trimmed lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish


Season the lamb with salt and pepper. In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the lamb and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes; transfer to a plate.

Add 1/2 cup white wine to the pot, scraping up any browned bits. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, the remaining 1/2 cup white wine, the red wine, chicken broth and 3 sprigs thyme. Return the lamb and any juices to the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Garnish with more thyme sprigs.