• 4-6 lamb shanks
  • 2 onions, thickly sliced
  • 1-2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 150 g mushrooms, halved
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 400 g can Wattie's Tomatoes Italian Style
  • 2 Tbsp Wattie's Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine or water

1. Preheat oven to 160ºC. Brown the lamb shanks in a dash of oil in a large, flame-proof casserole dish. Scatter over onions, celery, mushrooms and thyme.

2. Pour in the Wattie’s Italian Style Tomatoes, Wattie's Tomato Paste, balsamic vinegar and wine or water and stir together.

3. Place in oven for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until lamb is tender. Remove from oven and set aside to rest.

Serve shanks with potatoes and your favourite winter greens.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker Instructions:

Place the ingredients from Steps 1 and 2 into a slow cooker, cover and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours (refer to your user manual). Serve as above.

Made With

Italian Style Tomatoes

Ripened on the vine under the Hawke’s Bay sun, Wattie’s Italian Style Tomatoes are blended with oregano, basil, thyme and marjoram.

Tomato Paste

Concentrated tomato suited to adding to sauces, casseroles & pizzas.

* This recipe is classified as Gluten Free. To the best of our knowledge, the ingredients used in this recipe including the Heinz Wattie’s products do not contain any added cereals containing gluten or ingredients derived from cereals containing gluten. It is important to carefully read ingredient labels on food products because foods can sometimes be reformulated and the ingredients, allergens or nutrition information can sometimes change without notice.

Rate and Review

11 Ratings

Reviews (11)

Shayna's Review | Rating


Peta's Review | Rating

Used this recipe but with Chicken instead of lamb. Everyone loved it! Added extra chicken and had heaps left over for lunch the next day too.

gaynor's Review | Rating

i did this recipe and the aroma when it was cooking was surperb and the shanks were very tender, did it for visitors and they enjoyed and took the recipe home and have try as well and love it.

Sherralynne's Review | Rating

Lovely recipe, but the 4 lamb shanks we bought were huge and they barely fitted in our crockpot. Next time we do it, we'll make sure we buy smaller shanks and increase the cooking time so the meat is really tender, because we found our shanks were barely cooked after 7 hours on Low and 1.5 on High

Rachel's Review | Rating

Fantastic Meal...Easy and extra tasty on these cold winter nights!!!!

Joy's Review | Rating

Fabulous recipe. Everyone enjoyed it and have taken the recipe home with them.

chantalle's Review | Rating


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Fiona's Review | Rating

So easy and delicious. The meat just fell off the bone!

Arrianna's Review | Rating

Family favourite. Everyone eats this in complete silence. When I don't have enough lamb shanks I throw in lamb chops as well. Sooooo good!

Penny's Review | Rating

This was seriously devine! Meat fell off the bone and it was sooo tasty to come home to. Forgot to add mushrooms, but it didnt make a difference it still tasted awesome.