Lamb Shank and Veggie Soup

This is an all time favourite of mine.  It brings back memories of sitting in my nana’s kitchen, enjoying every flavoursome mouthful of homemade soupy goodness.  I loved nana’s soup so much, I requested it every time we went to visit.  She always made the same soup and I never tired of it, ah yes, food for the soul.  Nana used to add a few more ingredients, but I have simplified the recipe over the years without compromising the flavour.

I have made this recipe both on the stove top and using the slow cooker.  The slow cooker certainly produces a more flavoursome soup.

Ingredients:

2 lamb shanks
2 onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2-4 carrots, depending on size, coarsely chopped
6 celery stems, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pearl barley
stock powder to taste
approximately 3 litres water
1 tbsp oil
(cream optional)

Method for slow cooker:
Cooking time may vary depending on individual slow cookers

place oil and onions in a pan and cook for 2 minutes.  Add lamb shanks and brown slightly.  Place onions and lamb shank into slow cooker along with the other ingredients, except pearl barley.  Pour in water.  Cook on high for approximately 6 hours.  (I often put the soup on in the evening and cook on low overnight for approximately 8-10 hours).

Carefully remove lamb shanks, ensuring there is no bone left in slow cooker.  Cut off meat and set aside.  With a slotted spoon, scoop out most of the veggies.  When cooled slightly, place them in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the blended veggies back into the soup along with the meat and pearl barley.  Continue to cook until barley is tender.  Add stock powder to taste.  Serve with buttered toast if desired.  For a creamy soup, once served, add a dollop of cream.

Method for stove top:

Add oil and onions to a large pot.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Add lamb shanks and brown on all sides.  Add the garlic, carrots and celery.  Pour in water and simmer soup for at least 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Carefully remove lamb shanks, making sure no bones are left behind.  Once cool enough, cut off meat and set aside.

With a slotted spoon, scoop out most of the veggies. When they are cooled slightly, place them in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the blended veggies back into the soup along with the meat and pearl barley.  Continue to cook until barley is tender.  Add stock powder to taste.  Serve with buttered toast if desired.  For a creamy soup, once soup is served, add a dollop of cream.

 

This boy of mine love his soup too, or "zoop" as he calls it.

Enjoy!  Jacinta x

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  • http://melbatoast68.blogpsot.com Melissa

    So it’s 9 am here and I’m craving soup…that looks so divine! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.lauraemily.typepad.com laura emily

    that’s it.
    I have to boycott your blog until my fasting group is over because it looks just so darn good! I’m dying over here with cravings.

  • http://onegreyelephant.blogspot.com Shara

    I was just thinking this morning it’s starting to turn into slow cooker weather. This soup looks delish! I have had a packet of barley in the pantry for a few months, now I know what I can do with it!