Frugal Family Meal Planning · Recipes

Slow Cooker Minted Lamb Stew

Like most people, we traditionally eat Roast Lamb on Easter Sunday, and love a dollop of mint sauce on the top. But, even though we buy the cheapest, smallest jar of mint sauce we can, we still only use about a 3rd of it, and we hate any kind of food waste, so the week following Easter I usually cook a couple of other lamb meals that can use up the remaining mint sauce. The first of these is Minted Lamb Stew. I make it in the slow cooker but it can just as easily be made in a casserole dish in the oven. These quantities will make enough to feed a large family (it will comfortably feed our family of 7 with a little leftover), or is great for batch cooking, but you can reduce quantities to suit. This meal generally costs around £7 in total including the meat, which for us works out at about £1 per head.

For this recipe, you will need :-

Mixed Veg (I buy a 1.16kg bag of Tesco Value Frozen Mixed Veg for 89p & just defrost it in the fridge overnight the night before I plan to cook it)

1 onion, chopped

Diced Lamb (I know Lamb is expensive, so I’ve found the most cost-effective way to buy it is to buy the 700g bag of Frozen Tesco Value Lamb Chops for £3.94, defrost them in the fridge overnight the night before I plan to cook it, then cut the meat off the bones with a pair of kitchen scissors, directly into the pot)

2 Lamb stock cubes 

And one third of a Jar of mint sauce (or 2-3 large heaped tablespoons)

To make :-

  1. Add the mixed veg, chopped onion, and diced Lamb to the slow cooker.
  2. Make up your stock using 450ml of boiling water.
  3. Add your stock to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the mint sauce to the slow cooker.
  5. Thoroughly stir it all together so that the stock and mint sauce coats everything.
  6. Cook on low for around 7hrs (or on high for around 4hrs).
  7. Serve with either mashed or new potatoes.


    It may not look the prettiest (do they ever when cooked in the slow cooker?), but it is seriously yummy and always results in clean plates all round. A great way to use up that mint sauce 😊.

    Enjoy x
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