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Lamb Shanks, Bacon and Lentil Pot Recipe

Healthy Lamb Shanks, Bacon and Lentil Pot Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

This delicious slow-cooked Lamb Shanks, Bacon and Lentil Pot recipe is so nourishing and easy to prepare. You don’t really need a whole shank per person here. I’m all for spending extra money on quality meat, buying less of it (so it’s still affordable) and bulking it out with other good stuff (like vegies and lentils). Not only is this approach kinder to your pocket and the environment but it’s also a healthier way to eat.

Serves: 4



  • 2–3 lamb shanks, depending on appetite & size of shanks
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1–2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tin brown lentils, drained & rinsed, or 1 cup cooked brown lentils
  • 3–4 carrots, roughly diced
  • 3–4 rashers free-range or organic nitrate-free bacon (short cut), roughly diced
  • 2 cups sliced Swiss brown or button mushrooms
  • 2–3 stems celery, diced
  • 1 cup chicken or lamb stock or broth
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • Handful finely chopped parsley, to serve
  • 1 zucchini, eggplant or parsnip, diced (optional)
  • Mashed potato, steamed vegies, salad or cooked brown rice, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Place lamb shanks in large ovenproof dish (with lid).
  3. Add all ingredients (except parsley) and stir to combine. Make sure lamb shanks are toward bottom of dish and covered with liquid and other ingredients.
  4. Place lid on pot and place in oven to cook for 3 hours.
  5. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley (a good way to hide this very nutritious green) and serve with either mashed potato, steamed vegies, a green salad or cooked brown rice.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.