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Aromatic lamb shank with noodles - a Nigella Lawson recipe

Aromatic lamb shank with noodles - a Nigella Lawson recipe

We have added lamb shanks to our shop this week and we knew the first thing we were going to cook with them was the Nigella Lawson lamb shank in aromatic broth recipe. A word of warning - you need to leave the stock overnight, so make sure you plan for this! If you don't have gochujang paste you can substitute for a tbsp of dried chilli flakes.



  • Preheat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2. Pour 1 litre/1¾ pint of cold water into a small casserole with a tightly fitting lid and stir in the gochujang paste until dissolved. Add the salt, allspice, cumin seeds and star anise. Now add the lamb shank to the pot and place over a medium heat.
  • Add the ginger, carrot, garlic and shallots to the pot. Once everything’s in the pot, the lamb shank should be just covered. If it isn’t, add some more water. Bring to the boil then clamp on the lid and cook in the oven for 2–2½ hours, by which time the meat should be very tender indeed and ready to fall off the bone. Using tongs, transfer the lamb shank to a large bowl, then strain the liquid into a separate bowl, discarding the vegetables. Leave both the lamb and the stock to cool then chill in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, remove the solidified fat from the top of the liquid and shred the meat – not too finely, you don’t want stringiness. Place the meat in a small saucepan and pour over the liquid. Place the lamb mixture over a very low heat so that it warms gently, though you do want it to be piping hot by the time the pasta and cabbage are cooked.
  • Meanwhile, bring some water to the boil in a large saucepan. When the water is boiling, add salt. Add the pappardelle and when it’s 3 minutes away from its full cooking time (check the packet for instructions), add the cabbage and stir well. When both cabbage and pasta are cooked, drain and divide between 2 noodle bowls.
  • Using a slotted spoon, lift out the hot lamb and share between the two bowls, then ladle the broth on top. Add 1 teaspoon of crispy chilli oil to each bowl and take both bowls to the table, making sure you come back for the chilli oil so you can add more as you eat.


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