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Slow-Cooker Lamb and Wild Rice Soup

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings 6
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A rich and hearty stew with chunky veggies, wild rice and homemade lamb meatballs.
Created Jun 4, 2018
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  • 1 lb (500 g) ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 1/3 cup cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 large bunch spinach, chopped


  • 1
    In a medium bowl, mash together ground lamb, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Form small meatballs out of the mixture. You should get 20-24 meatballs.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add meatballs in batches and brown on all sides. When browned, remove meatballs from the pan and add 2 cups water. Use water to scrape up any bits on the pan.
  • 3
    In a large slow cooker, add meatballs with all chopped veggies, bay leaves and garlic. Pour in liquid from skillet and the beef stock. The liquid should cover the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for at least 5 hours.
  • 4
    When ready to serve, cook wild rice separately according to instructions on package.
  • 5
    5 minutes before serving, add chopped spinach to slow cooker and stir it in so it wilts slightly. Season stew with salt and pepper.
  • 6
    For serving, spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup wild rice into the bottom of a bowl. Ladle on stew, being sure to get some meatballs, veggies and broth in each bowl.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    If you can't find ground lamb, lean ground beef is a fine substitute.
  • Tip 2
    This stew will change your view on what a savoury slow cooker stew can be.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 24g Total Carbs, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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