This spring stew, known as a navarin or ragoût in France, features seasonal lamb and uses tender young vegetables that add a fresh flavor to the hearty mix. While a braised dish like this takes a little time, it can be prepared entirely in advance, making it perfect for entertaining.

Victoria Abbott Riccardi
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Spring 2004




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  • Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven. Add the lamb and cook, turning from time to time, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add carrot and onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Add wine and scrape up any browned bits. Simmer until reduced slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add broth, tomatoes, garlic and rosemary; bring to a simmer. Return the lamb to the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours, checking from time to time to make sure it does not boil too rapidly.

  • Stir in pearl onions, turnips and carrots. Simmer, covered, until the lamb and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Add peas and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat on stovetop, in microwave or oven.

Tip: To peel pearl onions:
Cook in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain. Peel when cool enough to handle.

Nutrition Facts

420 calories; protein 43.2g 86% DV; carbohydrates 16.4g 5% DV; dietary fiber 4.1g 16% DV; sugars 6.9g; fat 13.7g 21% DV; saturated fat 4.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 125.6mg 42% DV; vitamin a iu 2356IU 47% DV; vitamin c 28.2mg 47% DV; folate 84.7mcg 21% DV; calcium 69.2mg 7% DV; iron 5.6mg 31% DV; magnesium 78.6mg 28% DV; potassium 988.2mg 28% DV; sodium 528.7mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 39% DV.

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Deep flavors! I substituted beef chuck for the lamb and mushrooms for the peas. Instead of flour I used cornstarch which provided a silky smooth texture to the gravy. My husband and i both had 2nd helpings. Flavors were wonderful! Read More
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Definitely keeping this one in my arsenal came out so good! I barely even touched my wine by the time the dish was consumed! Read More
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Really good and hearty dish. Great for a sunday dinner! Read More