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Savory Vegetable Lamb Soup

Savory Vegetable Lamb Soup is a hearty yet light soup loaded with fresh vegetables. This Easy Lamb Soup recipe comes together quickly but tastes as if it simmered for hours.

Top down photo of a bowl of vegetable lamb soup in a white bowl sitting on a black placemat. A glass of wine and plate of bread and butter sit behind it.

How can the cleanest and simplest of dishes be the best tasting? This Savory Vegetable Lamb Soup recipe is a complete meal that you’ll feel good about eating.

The answer to how these simple dishes taste amazing is by using quality fresh ingredients. You don’t need tricks or gimmicks to create a flavorful dish.

Let me tell you a little bit about why I made this soup and how I made it.

I can eat soup every single day and do it on most days. If they’re not full of cream and butter, they can be a delicious and filling meal without the guilt or a food coma 30 minutes later. This Lamb soup is all of that and more!

This post is sponsored by True Aussie Beef & Lamb but the opinions here, and love I have for their products and their story are all my own.  

I’ve always purchased Australian Lamb for my recipes. When I had the opportunity to work directly with True Aussie Beef & Lamb, I learned that I was making an excellent choice and that they do so much more than just producing quality lamb for the consumer.

The True Aussie Beef & Lamb Company produces lamb that is free-range and naturally fed on Australian pasturelands, so it’s mild tasting and naturally lean and tender. Aussie Lamb is free of artificial additives and hormone growth promotants.

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There’s been a method to my madness with these recipes too. With our holiday entertaining, these recipes were thoroughly enjoyed.

top down view of 3/4 serving tray of endive lettuce leaves filled with pieces of lamb and sprinkled with pecorino cheese and fresh thyme.

We started off our evening with an easy to make and serve Lamb Bites with Fig Balsamic Glaze appetizer. This truly unique recipe set our night off perfectly.

Once everyone was seated, I wanted a recipe that was light but delicious. This Vegetable and Lamb soup was perfect. It was so easy to serve and I didn’t have to worry about it overcooking or filling us up before the main dish.

Straight on view of a roasted lamb roulade stuffed with a filling of pine nuts, cheese, mushrooms, and spinach on a white plate surrounded by mushrooms and rosemary sprigs.

These two courses set up the beautiful main course perfectly. Easy Leg of Lamb Roulade Recipe was definitely a show stopper and we almost felt guilty getting the accolades.

The glory of making the Lamb Roulade recipe is that you cut off the narrower part of the leg of lamb. This allowed me to use the leftover lamb for this soup.

Lamb soup ingredients and substitutions you can make:

  • Lamb – I used a boneless leg of lamb but a shoulder would work too.
  • Leek – I love leek when I want a mild onion flavor. You could substitute with an onion but choose a mild one.
    • This site has a great onion guide if you need help.
  • Fennel – I love the flavor that fennel adds to the soup and really recommend that you use it as I have.
  • Celery – Adds a nice flavor and texture.
  • Carrots – Add a beautiful color as well as flavor and texture.
  • Beef Broth – Homemade or purchased is fine. I use low-sodium.
  • Seasoning – Rosemary, salt and pepper. Fresh Thyme would also be a great addition.

Variations: If you wanted a heartier soup, you could add white beans or potatoes. Grains such as rice, barley, spelt, or farro are also delicious additions you can make.

Tips for making the perfect Vegetable Lamb soup:

  • Cube the lamb in pieces that can easily be eaten with a spoon.
  • Slice the vegetables thin. This will allow you to sautee them quickly without overcooking them.
  • Cook the vegetables al dente for added texture to the soup. They’re done when they take on a bright color and are just beginning to soften.
  • Tie the rosemary bundle together with cooking string. This will allow you to remove it easily when the soup is ready to serve.
A pan of colorful cooked vegetables to show when to stop cooking them for an al dente texture.
Sauteed vegetables to al dente texture.

Cutting up fennel: The first time I used fennel, I wasn’t sure how to do it. All you have to do is cut off the top and remove the core. You can then slice it thinly and the pretty fronds make a great garnish for your dish.

A sliced fennel bulb on a wooden cutting board with an arrow instructing to rmove the core.

Leeks have a lot of layers that make getting them clean difficult. This is how I prepare them:

  1. I use the white and light green parts of the leek.
  2. Discard the dark green top which is tough.
  3. Slice them thinly and put them into a bowl of cold water.
  4. Scoop the leeks out with your fingers or a spider without disturbing the settled debris in the bottom of the bowl.
A bowl of water filled with sliced leek titled slice and soak.

Products I use to make Lamb Soup:

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  • Dutch oven – I have several enameled cast-iron dutch ovens. I started out with a few that cost about 4 times what this one does and it’s my favorite! I make my sourdough bread in it and it’s perfect for soups, stews, and so many other things. It cleans up like a dream too!
  • Chef’s Knife – This is my favorite knife and the one I use 99.9% of the time. This knife is an investment and treated right will be like new for years.

Don’t forget to Pin this amazing Lamb Soup!

A two photo collage of Top down photo of a bowl of vegetable lamb soup in a white bowl sitting on a black placemat. A plate of bread and butter sit behind it and a photo of the soup on a spoon.

What should I serve with Vegetable Lamb Soup?

If you aren’t serving this as a course, or even if you are, a good crusty loaf of bread goes perfectly! Make this one at home in under 2 hours! Here are a couple of other suggestions:

I still make enough to feed an army and that’s on purpose. When you open my freezer door, I’ve got full shelves of just containers of soup. That’s like money in the bank on a cold night or a day when we’re just to busy to cook.

You can definitely freeze this soup. Use an air-tight container and label it with a sharpie or a label maker. You’ll love this suggestion in 3 months. No mystery containers!

More lamb dishes I think you’ll love:

We love lamb and you can find all of our lamb recipes here!

Top down photo of a bowl of vegetable lamb soup in a white bowl sitting on a black placemat. A glass of wine and plate of bread and butter sit behind it.
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5 from 7 votes

Savory Vegetable Lamb Soup Recipe

Savory Vegetable Lamb Soup is a hearty yet light soup loaded with fresh vegetables. This Easy Lamb Soup recipe comes together quickly but tastes as if it simmered for hours.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lamb cubed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 carrots peeled and thinly sliced into coins
  • 1 leek cleaned and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks sliced thinly
  • fennel bulb core removed and sliced thinly
  • 9 cups beef broth low sodium
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil or olive oil

Instructions

  • Cover the bottom of a large dutch oven lightly with vegetable oil. When hot add the cubed lamb and cook until browned. Remove the lamb and drain it on a paper towel.
  • Wipe out the dutch oven add 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter is melted add carrots, leek, celery, and fennel. Saute on medium-high until they are bright in color and start to soften.
  • Add meat back into the pan with the vegetables. Add beef broth, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Notes

  • Cube the lamb in pieces that can easily be eaten with a spoon.
  • Slice the vegetables thin. This will allow you to sautee them quickly without overcooking them.
  • Cook the vegetables al dente for added texture to the soup. They’re done when they take on a bright color and are just beginning to soften.
  • Tie the rosemary bundle together with cooking string. This will allow you to remove it easily when the soup is ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1148mg | Potassium: 785mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4096IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Karen (Back Road Journal)

Saturday 11th of January 2020

My husband and I both love lamb but looking back, I don't believe I've ever had a lamb soup. Definitely will be giving this a try.

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of January 2020

Thank you, Karen! This one turned out to be our favorite!

Erin

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

This is going to sound silly, but before I saw this recipe, I never thought to add lamb to stew. And oh my WORD, is it delicious! My husband is a huge lamb fan, and he could not stop praising this soup. Neither could I... and I don't always love the gaminess of lamb. We'll be making this again this winter!

Julie Menghini

Friday 10th of January 2020

Thank you so much, Erin! I think this is one of my favorite recipes too!

MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

We made this today and HOLY SMOKES! Best lamb soup I have EVER eaten!! Thanks for always being such a fantastic source for recipes I know will always turn out for me!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Thank you, Michaela! I'm so glad you liked it and appreciate you letting me know!

jennifer stewart

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

OMG I have never had lamb soup and I am so glad I made this because it is so tasty! I can't wait to make it again. The broth was fabulous and the lamb was so tender!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm so glad you had the chance to make it and enjoyed it!

Kathleen

Monday 30th of December 2019

Julie - wow, heart-warming, delicious, tender and oh so flavorful! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Thank you, Kathleen!