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A super easy slow cooker lamb stew that’s perfect for family dinner – this will fast become one of your favourite easy fall dinner recipes.

Pendle Witch Stew – A Warming Slow Cooker Lamb Stew Recipe

Pendle Witch stew is the name we give the lamb stew recipe which is inspired by many, many visits to Pendle Hill, home of the Lancashire witches. It’s an easy autumn dinner recipe.

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slow cooker lamb stew served in an oven baked potato

The area is well known for Pendle Witch Trials in 1612 and still to this day you can visit the area, walk the Pendle witch trails and soak up the atmosphere and stunning countryside, it’s a fascinating place to visit. 

weather vane outside Witches Galore Newchurch in Pendle Lancashire

We visit the Pendle Witch trails every autumn, and always call in at the witchy shop and spend the day walking on the Pendle witch trails.

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And waiting for me when I get home is always a bowlful of Pendle Witch stew… Always slowly simmered in a big black pan using lamb and fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs which mingled together create and amazingly tasty warming dinner.  

This is one lamb casserole slow cooker recipe you’ll want to make again and again. It’s delicious.

This is just the BEST lamb stew recipe!

I always kinda think that this is the type of stew a witch would cook up, slowly simmered, nourishing and if she’d had a slow cooker, she’d definitely have thrown it in that. 

Slow cooker lamb recipes are just made for autumn feasting.

It’s the perfect warming stew for a cold autumn or winter night and super easy to make. 

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Slow cooker – use a slow cooker with a hob safe inner pan – or do the hob cooking parts in a regular saucepan and transfer to the slow cooker for the slow cooking part.
  • Cooking spoon or spatula

Pendle Witch Lamb Stew Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of delicious, tasty, seasonal ingredients to create our delicious slow cooker lamb casserole recipe.

oven baked potato filled with lamb stew
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – or use rapeseed oil
  • 400g diced lamb
  • 1 large onion – roughly diced
  • 2 chunky carrots – sliced
  • 1/2 swede – diced
  • 800g small pumpkin or squash – peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary – leaves picked and finely chopped – I grow rosemary in a pot by the door, it’s simple to grow and adds a lovely flavour to stews.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 300ml beef or lamb stock
  • 125ml red wine
  • salt and pepper

How To Make Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

You’ll just LOVE how simple our slow cooker diced lamb recipe is to prepare and cook.

I use a slow cooker with a hob safe removable pan, so I start the stew off in that on the hob and then transfer to slow cooker. 

Step One – preheat the slow cooker to low

  • Preheat the slow cooker to the low temperature setting.

Step Two – brown the diced lamb

  • Add a splash of oil to the saucepan and fry the diced lamb for a few minutes until it browns.

Step Three – add the rest of the slow cooked lamb casserole ingredients

  • Throw in the onion, carrots, swede, pumpkin, rosemary, coriander and bay leaf and mix gently.
  • Pour over the stock and red wine, season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil and transfer to the slow cooker.

Step Four – cook the lamb casserole

  • Cook on low for around 8 hours.

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Pendle Witch slow cooker lamb stew in the slow cooker pan, next to an oven baked potato filled with lamb stew. Text overlay "comfort food - Pendle Witch Stew"

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Make Pendle Witch Stew Your Way

There’s lots of ways to switch up this tasty slow cooker lamb casserole recipe to give it your own flavour twist!

  • Switch the lamb for beef and the red wine for ale.
  • Add some oomph – sprinkle on freshly chopped chilli, lemon zest and garlic as you serve it.
  • Turn this into a Pendle Witch Pie – top with a pastry lid, maybe a cut out of a witch broom on top…

How To Serve Slow Cooker Lamb Stew – Pendle Witch Stew

This is literally the most perfect stew for a cold autumn day, serve in a bowl with crusty bread, spooned over crispy skinned oven baked potatoes or cook up a panful of creamy mashed potatoes  and serve drizzled over them. 

It’s also absolutely fantastic for a candle lit cosy Halloween dinner recipe, you could even serve the slow cooker lamb recipe in hollowed out pumpkins as bowls.

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  • Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew – a rich and warming beef stew packed with flavour and perfect for spooning into bowls and serving with crusty bread.
  • Lamb Balti – a delicious, slow cooked, easy lamb curry recipe. Great for Friday night dinner.

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Yield: Serves 4

Pendle Witch Stew

oven baked potato filled with lamb stew

A delicious warming tender lamb stew that's perfect for autumn dinner recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 400g diced lamb
  • 1 onion - diced 
  • 2 carrots - sliced 
  • 1/2 swede - diced 
  • 800g pumpkin - diced 
  • 2 sprigs rosemary - leaves picked and chopped 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 300ml beef or lamb stock 
  • 125ml red wine 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. I use a slow cooker with a hob safe removable pan - so start the stew off on the hob then transfer to the slow cooker. Adda splash of oil to the slow cooker pan and brown the lamb for a few minutes.
  2. Throw in the onion, carrots, swede, pumpkin, rosemary, coriander and bay leaf and mix gently.
  3. Pour over the stock and red wine, season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil and transfer to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for around 8 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 712Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 52g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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Pendle Witch slow cooker lamb stew in the slow cooker pan, next to an oven baked potato filled with lamb stew. Text overlay "comfort food - Pendle Witch Stew"

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