Recipe: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Ashlee DeCaires

Soups have long been a great way to make a nutritious meal out of very little, from those veg at the bottom of the fridge you may be tempted to throw out to a chicken carcass. This hearty soup-cum-stew is a wonderful way to make a delicious meal from your Sunday roast leftovers using not just the leftover meat but the bone for a flavoursome stock.  

Lamb Stock

1 tbsp olive oil
1 each onion, carrot, celery stalk and tomato
3 garlic cloves, chopped
6 thyme sprigs
2 tbs tomato paste
½ cup (125ml) white wine
leftover roast lamb bones

For the stock, heat oil in a large pot, add the onion, carrot, celery, tomato, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5–10 minutes or until onion has softened. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes. Pour in the wine and cook for a further few minutes or until reduced slightly.

Add lamb bones along with 3L (12 cups) water, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2 hours, skimming any foam from the surface. Remove from heat and set aside for 20 minutes to cool slightly. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. Chill for 2 hours or until fat solidifies on surface then skim this off.

Once cooled, the stock can be kept in the fridge for up to a week or frozen to use in soups, stews etc at a later date.

¼ cup olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 zucchini, finely chopped
1 Parmesan rind
1 cup tomato passata
2 litres (8 cups) lamb stock
approx. 250g leftover cooked lamb, shredded
1–2 cups dried pasta*

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5–10 minutes or until onion has softened. Add Parmesan rind, passata, lamb stock plus 2 cups of water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the shredded lamb and pasta and continue to simmer uncovered for a further 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

*This is a great opportunity to use the odds and ends of pasta you have lying around as it doesn’t matter if they’re all different shapes. Alternatively, if you want to keep this gluten free, add in a tin of chickpeas or cannellini beans.

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