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Despite spending a bit of time in Ireland, I’ve never actually eaten a lot of Irish stew (and definitely, have never cooked it) – but as I was thinking about things that I could cook in the Thermomix, Irish stew seemed like a great idea and the result was very tasty.  I’ve used sweet potato over the usual white ones and I’ve used the onions to thicken the stew.  Eat it on its own, or mop up the gravy with some Irish brown bread.

Serves 4 to 6

Irish Stew | ThermomixIngredients

1/2 bunch parsley, leaves only (for garnish)

2 onions, peeled and quartered

20g olive oil

800g lamb shoulder, neck or stewing lamb, trimmed and cut into 5cm pieces

Salt and pepper, to season

1 leek, white part only; cut into 1.5 cm slices

250ml beef stock

1 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

3 carrots, cut into 3cm pieces

500g sweet potato, cut into 4cm pieces

200g savoy cabbage, shredded into 0.5cm slices


1. Put parsley into the Thermomix bowl and chop with the measuring cup (MC) on for 5 seconds/Speed 5; remove to a small bowl

2. Put the onion into the Thermomix bowl and chop with the MC on for 5 seconds/Speed 6

3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add oil and sauté with the MC off for 2 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

4. Put lamb, salt and pepper into the Thermomix bowl and cook for 5 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Speed soft

5. Add leeks, stock, thyme and bay leaf and cook with the MC off for 40 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft

6. Add carrots and sweet potato, stir gently to combine and cook for 20 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft

7. Add cabbage, stir gently to combine and cook for 10 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft

8. Serve and garnish with chopped parsley