Lamb & Gnocchi Stew

Lamb & Gnocchi Stew

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This recipe was published by Hilary Biller and cooked by Justin Bonello – we thought it delicious, and just made a few changes for the busy city life.

6 servings

1.5kg Lamb knuckles, neck and stewing meat
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 – 3 Leeks, sliced
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Tin of Whole Tomatoes
About 10 Raisin Tomatoes from Peppadew™
Dried Basil
Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper
500ml Beef Stock
Fresh Basil
Grated Parmesan
500g Gnocchi
Vegetable Oil
Here’s how

  1. To save time we cooked our lamb in a pressure cooker – super quick and as tender as can be! If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can use a heavy bottomed pot on the stove or a potjie on the open fire. That will take about 2 hours.
  2. Dust the lamb pieces with dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper and flour.
  3. Heat the pressure cooker and add a little Vegetable Oil as well as a little oil from the Raisin Tomatoes to the base.
  4. Seal and brown the lamb little by little – remove and set aside.
  5. Now fry your onion, leeks and garlic in the same pot.
  6. Put back the lamb, add the tin of tomatoes and stock.
  7. Bring to pressure, turn down the pressure to simmer and cook about 15 minutes (depending how strong a pressure cooker you have)
  8. When the lamb is just tender, add raisin tomatoes and adjust seasoning (always add a bit of sugar)
  9. Check that you have enough liquid in your pot, add a few handfuls of gnocchi and simmer for about 15 minutes. (Just fish out a piece of gnocchi and taste if it is cooked, if you are not sure)
  10. Top with shaved Parmesan and fresh Basil. Serve with crusty Italian Bread – you can even use Garlic Italian Rolls.

Oh yes… don’t forget the red wine! Yummy!


  • Don’t include Lamb Ribs, they will be too fatty.
  • When using Leeks, peel off outer skin and wash them well, there is always grit under the first leaves.
  • If you don’t have time to make a Beef Stock from scratch, we like using Ina Paarmans Stock Powder.
  • Buy readymade Gnocchi from a good Italian Deli.

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