The perfect winter warmer for these chilly nights! I started cooking this early on in my married life, because although I might have been sick to death of BBQ’d lamb chops, my New Zealand raised husband wasn’t. These days it is a family favourite. Leave a little fat on the lamb, it adds to the flavour.

Italian Style Lamb Chops


  • 4 large lamb chops (or 6 small ones, or whatever you like)
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • a tablespoon of minced garlic 
  • a glass of wine (and another for you)
  • small handful of chopped rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 2 small anchovies (optional, but you won’t taste them)
  • Saute the onions and anchovies in olive oil until the onions are soft and the anchovies have disintegrated. 
  • Sear the chops on each side, moving the onions around to get them out of the way. You will need to do this in two or more batches. The chops don’t have to be seared perfectly, the important thing is to not burn the onions or they will be bitter.
  • Well done, have a glass of wine! Add the other glass full to the pot and stir it around to get all the bits off the bottom.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, garlic and rosemary, put the lid on and let it simmer slowly on the stove top for at least 30 minutes, you might need to stir it occasionally if the chops start to stick. If it looks too watery leave the lid half off to let some liquid evaporate. 
  • Turn the heat off for 10 minutes and let it rest before you serve, it will make the chops tender and delicious. Serve with mashed potatoes and some steamed green vegetables.
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9 thoughts on “Italian Style Lamb Chops

  • 07/16/2014 at 7:57 AM

    I think the anchovies would really make this. We have mother in law staying and I've been looking for a few new meals to try, might need to give this a go.

    • 07/17/2014 at 12:17 AM

      I've had my MIL on and off for the last month, and she loved this dish. Good luck with your MIL!

    • 07/17/2014 at 12:19 AM

      You must try with the anchovies! You won't taste them, but they add a secret richness to any meaty dish. True Story!

  • 07/17/2014 at 10:58 AM

    This looks and sounds great. I wonder if it would work in the slow cooker? I love my slow cooker but can't seem to find many recipes that everyone likes. I'll give it a go.

    • 07/18/2014 at 1:18 AM

      It will work in the slow cooker but halve the wine and try to reduce the liquid in the tomatoes. I love the slow cooker but because it doesn't allow anything to evaporate everything ends up very liquidy. I get the best out of the slow cooker by sauteing the onion and veg in a fry pan first, then flouring and browning the meat, then deglazing the pan with a small amount of wine or stock before putting it all in the slow cooker. Sounds like a lot of hard work, huh? 🙂

    • 07/18/2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hahaha yes it does but I'll give it a go one day next week. Thank you Kerrie ox.

  • 07/19/2014 at 10:20 PM

    What a perfect winter dinner!! This sounds absolutely delicious. I've added it to my meal list for this week. Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx Lucy from Bake Play Smile

    • 07/21/2014 at 3:32 AM

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope you love the lamb chops! (don't forget the anchovies :))

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