Now that the weather has decided it’s about time it was Winter in the south West of Western Australia, I felt I should share this most wonderous hearty soup that could also double as a stew it’s that thick. I call it a stoup when I make it because of it’s stew like texture. I think you could add more beef stock to thin it down or vegetable stock if that suits.
1 tablespoon of oil
1 kilogram of lamb shanks (about 4 shanks)
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 medium carrots (about 240gm) diced
2 sticks of celery, chopped
810gm can tomatoes, crushed
1 and a half litres of Beef stock
5 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium zuchinni, diced skin on
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Half a teaspoon of sugar
Heat oil in large pot and brown the shanks all over. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery to the same pot and cook, stirring until onion softens. Return shanks to pan, add undrained crushed tomatoes and beef stock and simmer covered, for about 1 hour or until lamb is tender.
Remove the meat from the shanks and chop roughly, discard the bones. Bring soup back to the boil and add the chopped meat, potatoes, zuchinni, tomatoe paste, basil and sugar. Simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender. Serve with some crusty bread.
This tastes even better the next day.