Kjötsúpa (lamb stew) recipe

Inspired by Keeping a Christmas Promise, this traditional Icelandic stew is heart-warming and comforting, made with the most simple but flavourful ingredients – this is my perfect meal for a cold winter’s day. I hope you enjoy it!


  • 1kg lamb, either shoulder or neck works best
  • 4 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 parsnips, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium swede, chopped
  • 5 waxy potatoes, chopped. King Edwards would work well
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Place meat in a large soup pot and cover with water.
  2. Slowly bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Simmer the meat for about an hour, until it’s very tender and falling off the bone. During the cooking process, skim away any surface scum.
  4. Add the chopped vegetables and simmer until they’re tender, about 30 more minutes.
  5. Serve Kjötsúpa hot with crusty bread lathered in butter. It might not be geyser bread, but it will be delicious!