Lamb Shanks Italian-Style Recipe

Lamb shank
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  • 115 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 105 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Lamb shanks are braised to tender perfection in onions, garlic, tomatoes, and wine on the stove-top. Do not skimp on the garlic. Cooking them whole results in a mild, nutty flavor. Serve with cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. This recipe feeds two, but it is easily doubled.

What You'll Need

  • 2 (about 2 pounds total)
  • lamb shanks
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper
  • 1 large
  • sweet onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 head
  • garlic, separated and peeled (10 to 12 whole cloves)
  • 1 (28 ounces) can chopped
  • tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water (or more - see instructions)
  • 2 cups cooked
  • pasta,
  • rice or
  • mashed potatoes
  • Garnish: parsley (chopped)

How to Make It

Rub lamb shanks with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

Heat a heavy Dutch oven. When hot, drizzle a thin layer of olive oil to coat the bottom. Sear the lamb shanks until browned and remove from the pot.

To the same pot, add a teaspoon of olive oil and the sliced sweet onions. Toss to coat with the pan drippings. Reduce heat and cover. Sweat the onions until limp but not browned, stirring often.

When they are limp, add the wine and cook for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add garlic cloves, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, then return the lamb shanks to the pot.

Reduce heat to low and simmer, turning lamb shanks occasionally, for 1-1/2 hours or until tender. Add additional water if the sauce becomes too thick.

Serve braised lamb shanks with cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes and sprinkle with parsley.

Note: Recipe is easily doubled.