Want something to warm you up on these frigid winter nights? Let me introduce you to this Lamb Shawarma Stew. This comforting bowl is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. Cooked ground lamb, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms (among a few others) marry in a shawarma spice infused, fire-roasted tomato broth/sauce. Topped with greek yogurt (for some delicious tang) and fresh cilantro and mint for a pop of green and freshness. Serve with toasted naan bread to wipe your bowl clean. This recipe makes a lot! Serves 6-8+ in a little over an hour!
See?! I told you I had a recipe that put that homemade shawarma seasoning to use. In a hearty stew was the perfect place. If you love lamb, alltheveggies and shawarma…I guarantee you will love this stew!
It has been holding steady in the low twenties here in the mitten and is currently snowing and we’re expected to get 6-10 inches. And for the life of me can’t stay warm. I legit walk around in leggings, thick socks, a thermal shirt under a flannel, with a blanket scarf around my neck and sometimes I linger by the heat vent when our furnace kicks on. Our thermostat my read 72° but I’m not buying it. I should just Amazon Prime myself a snuggie and be done with it. Do they even make snuggies anymore?
And, if you can believe it, I get even more dramatic when I’m cold.
However while I’m wearing all the clothes, Joey Tribbiani style, I like cozy comfort foods like soups and stews. I especially love a stew (or soup) with lots of different textural and flavors going on. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you like or have on hand. Eggplant? Go for it. Abhor mushrooms but have leftover roasted cauliflower? DO IT.
Here’s what you need: onions, carrots, ground lamb, tomato paste, garlic, homemade shawarma seasoning, zucchini, yellow summer squash, mushrooms, chickpeas, raisins, fire-roasted tomato sauce, vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Remember, you can totally customize this and use the vegetables you prefer.
Oh and P.S. Pat would flip over that squeezed-in-the-middle tube of tomato paste. He’s a start at the end and squeeze upwards kind-of-guy and obviously you know what kind of girl I am. Hence why we have separate toothpastes.
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat over medium to medium -low and sauté the onions and carrots with a pinch of salt, about 8 to 10 minutes. Then add in the pound of ground lamb, use as wooden spoon to break it up into small crumbles.
Once the lamb is fully cooked and no longer pink, add in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the paste begins to caramelize on the bottom of the pot.
Next add in the 4 cloves of minced garlic and then 2 tablespoons of the shawarma seasoning. Stir to combine and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.
Next add in the prepped zucchini, yellow squash, 8 ounces mushrooms, [1 (15 ounce) can, drained and rinsed] chickpeas and 1/2 cup of raisins. And then gently toss to combine and cook for about 5 minutes to start softening them up.
Why raisins? I think raisins add a touch of sweetness while avoiding any added sugar to this tomato based stew.
Lastly, add in 1 (28 ounce) can of crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, a quart of vegetable broth and 1 cup of water. Cover, bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Then uncover and continue to simmer for 10 minutes more minutes.
At the last minute, I decided to add a couple handfuls of spinach to round it all out. This of course is optional but I feel it adds another layer of texture. Once the spinach has wilted, season to taste with 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
Finally, ladle the lamb shawarma stew into bowls and top with whole milk greek yogurt, this adds a delicious tang to the robust stew. I also highly recommend a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro and mint for a pop of bright green and their herby freshness.
If you’re not avoiding carbs or gluten, serve the lamb shawarma stew with toasted naan bread which will help you wipe your bowl clean ;).
Enjoy! And if you give this Lamb Shawarma Stew recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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