Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Almond-Mint Pesto

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:


  • 4 1 1/2 pound lamb shoulder roasts, tied have your butcher do this
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Ounce slivered almonds
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 cup mint leaves, from one 3-ounce bunch
  • 0.25 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 0.75 cup plus 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • lemon wedges, for serving


1. Season the lamb roasts generously with salt and pepper, wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Bring the roasts to room temperature before cooking.

2. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a food processor, pulse the almonds with the garlic until finely chopped. Add the mint leaves, cheese and 3/4 cup of the oil and process until smooth. Season the pesto with salt.

3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the roasts and cook over high heat, turning, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer the roasts to a large roasting pan and spread half of the pesto over them. Cover tightly with foil and roast for about 2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each roast registers 170°. Remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 425° and roast for 30 minutes longer, until browned on top. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the strings and carve each roast into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with the remaining pesto and lemon wedges.