Tomato Lamb Shanks

    2 hours 5 minutes

    This is a quick creamy tomato sauce for lamb shanks that uses sour cream and tomato soup. Best served with mashed potatoes.

    8 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 6 lamb shanks
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1 finely diced onion
    • salt & pepper, to taste
    • 1 cup (250ml) sour cream
    • 1 tin (420g) tomato soup

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour50min  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

    1. Coat the shanks lightly in flour and fry in a large pot or dutch oven till browned on all sides. Drain off excess fat and oil. Add salt and pepper, water and onion to the pot. Cook, covered over low heat until tender, about 1 1/2 hours - adding more water if necessary and turning the shanks occasionally.
    2. Finally, stir in the tinned soup and sour cream. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes more, then serve.

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    The tomato sauce that this recipe makes is truly amazing. I had it with chips and spent the entire time going "Ooh. Mmm." But oddly (for the sauce is made with the juices of the lamb) the two flavours didn't go together brilliantly. I think this is because they both have very robust flavours. Because of this, I would have only given it four stars. However, the lamb was also tender and well cooked. I had it on it's own but it would have been great with any sides. As an essential ingredient in the sauce is the meat juice I have not yet thought of a way that you could make the sauce without having to cook the lamb too but I am going to find out and put it up as a sauce recipe in it's own right. I would not hesitate to say that if I failed to find a substitute for the meat juice that I would make the lamb just for the sauce. On a second note, having made it again, I have to emphasize to use good lamb shanks. I bought some poor quality ones from the supermarket and the recipe wasn't enough to make up for the indifferent meat. This is because the flavour of the meat with the other ingredients is what really makes the dish.  -  16 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I thought this was OK, probably better than I thought it would be. The sauce was creamy and tasty, wasn't great but quite nice.  -  15 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I'm not picky at all but this was just not good.  -  19 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)