Slow-Cooked Lamb Shank Pasta with Pesto


I love this way of doing Lamb Shanks, as you still get the lamb shank experience, but with an amazing added dimension of the  soft pasta and herby pesto that compliments the lamb so well. You could also add mint to the pesto which will further compliment the lamb. ALSO – this is a great way of making lamb shank STRETCH!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1.2kg lamb shanks

1 brown onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 cup (250ml) dry white wine

2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes

4 sprigs thyme

1 cup (250ml) water

375g dried lasagne sheets

125g buffalo mozzarella, torn



3 cups basil leaves

½ cup (125ml) olive oil

⅓ cup (25g) finely grated parmesan

sea salt and cracked black pepper

a small handful of pine nuts


– To make the pesto, place the basil, oil, parmesan, pine nuts, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined. Set aside.

– Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Add the lamb and cook for 1–2 minutes each side or until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

– Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes or until softened. Add the wine, tomato, thyme and water and stir to combine.

– Add the lamb back to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 – 3 hours or until the lamb is tender and falling off the bone.

– Remove the lamb from the pan and shred the meat from the bones with a fork, discarding the bones.

– Break the lasagne sheets into rough pieces and cook in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 8–10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and return to the pan.

– Add the shredded lamb and sauce and toss to combine. Top with the buffalo mozzarella and spoon over the pesto to serve.


Serves 4–6

Recipe by Donna Hay


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