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15 Leftover Lamb Recipes That Are Family Friendly

15 Leftover Lamb Recipes That Are Family Friendly

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Including how to make lamb stock and a lamb leftover meal plan

If you have leftover roast lamb laying around the house then using it up can really help you save money on your shopping bill.

Using leftovers to make your weekly meals is a great way to save money and have healthy food ready when your family needs it.

There’s nothing worse than having leftovers after your Sunday lunch and being unsure what to do with them.

The thing about lamb is, is that it’s such a versatile meat to have as a leftover. You really can put it with everything from rice, to pasta to even having it on pizza. You just need to decide what you fancy and go right ahead.

There’s really no need to waste this beautiful meat. You can use this meat to fill up your meal plan for the next week.

Don’t be scared of it. Lamb can be stored safely by being cooled at room temperature within the first hour then put into the back of the fridge.

You can keep the lamb in the fridge for up to three days or up to two months in the freezer. Make sure you fully defrost the lamb. Please don’t re-freeze. Make sure that the lamb is steaming hot before you eat it.

If you’re worried about quality as well as price then have a look at Muscle Foods*. They offer a delivery service which means your lamb or whatever meat you need to delivered straight to your door.

If you are looking for more leftover meal ideas then have a look at:

7 Gammon Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Budget Friendly

31 Aldi Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family

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How to make lamb stock

If you have a lamb joint leftover then why not use the bones as homemade stock. You can then use it in a wide range of lamb dishes like stews or cottage pie.

It does take a while to cook down so make sure you have an afternoon spare to keep an eye on it.

Our full leftover lamb stock recipe can be found here.

It’s really a simple step of stripping the meat off the bones. Put any useable meat to one side for the dishes below and add the bones to water to steam.

Add some thyme and parsley to the water and bones and leave for three hours or in till the mixture looks thick.

Sieve the bones and any lumps out. You’ll then have the perfect lamb stock you can keep or freeze for when you need it. Homemade so you know exactly what’s in it!

What are some quick diced lamb recipes?

Diced lamb is great if you have leftover lamb joint. Our top 9 diced lamb recipes are:

1. Lamb tagine
2. Lamb hotpot
3. Lamb stir fry
4. Lamb kebabs
5. Lamb coconut curry
6. Lamb stuffing
7. Lamb salad
8. Lamb meatballs
9. Lamb potato pie

What can I cook with leftover lamb?

You can cook anything with leftover lamb including lamb stew, curries and lamb tagine.

Don’t let your Sunday roast go to waste. You can easily strip off the meat from the bones or if you have a joint cut it up into small chunks for a lovely shepherds pie.

Our top leftover lamb recipes are below. We’ve put them in order that we love them.

If you’re worried about cooking some of these, have a look at Spicentice*. They offer a spice delivery service that has everything you need on it from how to prep your meat, ingredients and a shopping list to make the meal.

It’s a great resource for any parent who wants to learn how to cook healthy meals from scratch. You can get 20% off at the checkout by using our link here and quoting LASAVE20.

We’ve made loads of meals with Spicentice like:

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Leftover lamb recipes

Don’t let your leftover lamb hang about in the back of the fridge. Use our 15 leftover lamb recipe ideas to use all that tasty meat up.

Lamb Kebabs in Pitta

This is a great fakeaway recipe for a Saturday night. You can change this up and add any meat or even have this vegetarian.

500g Lamb & mutton mince £1.59,

Paxo natural breadcrumbs 65p,

200g Natural Greek-style yogurt 65p,

Garlic 25p,

Cucumber portion 38p,

White Pitta (6) 25p,

Total: £3.77 that’s 94p for four people.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

You can put all this in together and leave to cook for 6-9 hours on low heat. Make sure the lamb is fully defrosted before you start cooking.

100g frozen onion 28p

3 tbsp Madras curry paste 45p

400g can chopped tomatoes 28p

2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder 5p

25g red lentils 20p

210g can chickpeas (don’t drain) 23p

1 tbsp grated ginger 5p

1 tsp cumin seeds 5p

1 cinnamon stick 5p

75g curly kale 50p

240g frozen diced lamb £1.90

Total: £3.64 that’s 91p for four people.

Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine

Put all the chopped ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low heat. Defrost the lamb first.

240g frozen lamb chunks £1.90

1 tbsp olive oil 5p

100g frozen onion 25p

400g tin carrots 28p

2 tsp ras-el-hanout 5p

1 tsp ground cumin 5p

1 tbsp tomato purée 10p

1 lamb stock cube 5p

1 sweet potato 15p

30g dried cherries 35p

½ tsp honey 5p

Total: £3.28 that’s 82p for four people.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

The slow cooker needs to be on low so that the lamb stays tender. Cook for 6-9 hours on low heat. You add the honey about 30 minutes toward the end of cooking. You can have this with rice or potatoes.

2 tbsp olive oil 5p

200g frozen lamb chunks £1.20

100g frozen onion 25p

5 garlic cloves 10p

1 tbsp ginger 5p

1 tbsp ground cumin 5p

1 tbsp ground coriander 5p

1 tsp ground cinnamon 5p

1 tbsp tomato purée 8p

600ml lamb stock 10p

1 tbsp honey 10p

Total: £2.08 that’s 52p for four people.

Lamb Cottage Pie

This is a classic cottage pie recipe! Just chuck it all in and grill at the end.

550g Tin of New Potatoes 32p,

500g frozen lamb mince £2,

Onion 22p,

carrots x2 9p,

Mushrooms 68p,

200g Everyday Value soft cheese 49p,

Total: £3.89 that’s 97p for four people.

Lamb Koftas

This is a simple lamb kofta recipe that is great for the whole family. It doesn’t have many ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to make.

400g lamb mince £4,

1 tsp ground cumin 2p,

1 tsp ground coriander 2p.

Total: £4.02 that’s £1 per person.

Start by mixing together all the ingredients. Divide the lamb mixture into 8 balls. Put 2 balls on each skewers and brush with a little oil so they do not stick to the pan. Cook on a griddle pan for a few minutes on each side. they can burn easily so do watch them. Don’t turn them until the meat is sealed though or they will full apart. you can serve these with rice, flatbreads or koftas.

Homemade Lamb Burgers

These are gourmet burgers that can be spiced up or down depending on what your family like spice wise. We also cook our homemade chips and add cheese slices. Here’s how we make our Homemade Burgers. You can make them in the morning if you don’t have time in the evening.

500g lamb minced meat £1.99,

125g frozen onion 8p,

2 garlic cloves 6p,

1 egg 10p,

Pinch of salt 3p,

6 burger buns 56p,

Lettuce leave 25p,

Tomato 50p,

Cheese slices 35p,

4 potatoes 40p,

Total: £4.32 that’s £1.08 for four people.

Lamb Mince Tacos

Lamb mince tacos make a great weekend fakeaway meal that is perfect for the whole family and really cheap to make. Minced beef tacos are really easy to make and can be as spicy or not as you like. We like using frozen mince or Quorn mince as you get to pick out as much as you want and freeze that rest.

You can use frozen vegetables if you prefer as they are re-cut so can make the process a bit quicker. This taco recipe includes the light salsa that is really fruity so great for kids. Put everything in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves and build their own perfect mine taco.

100g lamb mince 75p

175g baby corn 95p

190g frozen red onions 42p

100g red pepper 45p

110g kiwi fruit 60p

115g tomatoes 50p

5g garlic clove 2p

85g red cabbage 20p.

Total: £4 that’s £1 a head for four people.

Lamb Jalfrezi

This curry serves 4 people and is of medium spice. It takes 30 minutes to cook but you can make it in the morning and then throw it all in one pan when you get home. Make our lamb Jalfrezi with egg fried rice and our homemade naan.

2 lamb steaks £1.40,

150g frozen onions 16p,

1 red pepper 15p,

1 tomato 16p,

3 garlic cloves 9p,

Small piece of ginger 2p,

2 tbsp tomato puree 6p,

2 tbsp cooking oil 3p,

2 tbsp cooking oil 3p,

Total: £2.09 that’s 52p for four people.

Slow Cooker Lamb Bhuna

This Lamb bhuna is a great curry to cook a day ahead and freeze for leftovers. You can chuck it all in together and leave it to cook.

2 lamb steaks £3.25


2 garlic cloves 6p,

2 tbsp ground ginger 6p,

2 tbsp malt vinegar 10p,

1 tbsp ground cinnamon 5p.


200g frozen onions 16p,

5 curry leaves 5p,

2 chillies 16p,

1 tbsp ground cumin 2p,

1 tbsp ground coriander 2p,

1 tbsp tomato purée 10p,

400g can chopped tomatoes 65p,

1 tbsp garam masala 5p.

Total: £4.73 that’s £1.18 for 4 people.

Lamb Meatball Marinara

This is a gorgeous meatball recipe that the whole family will love. It’s a healthy meal that uses a basic tomato sauce recipe that can be used for loads of meals.

500g lamb minced meat £1.99

2 onion 16p

3 glove garlic 7p

1 egg 10p

1 tsp salt 2p

2 tsp low cal spray 10p

1 tin passata 32p

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3p

Half tablespoon sugar 5p

Half tablespoon salt 3p

210g Spaghetti 8p

Total: £2.95 that’s 73p for four people.

Lamb Spaghetti Bolognese

This spaghetti bolognese recipe is so simple and the longer you leave it in the more intense the flavour. The sauce can be left to cook all day, ready to be mixed with freshly-cooked pasta when you get home.

1 onion chopped 22p,

1 tbsp tomato puree 10p,

2 tins chopped tomato 58p,

1 tbsp caster sugar or to taste 4p,

1 celery stick chopped 10p,

250g minced lamb 83p,

1 carrot chopped 7p,

2 cloves garlic chopped 4p,

1 tsp oregano 2p,

2 large mushrooms chopped 75p,

1 beef stock cubes 6p,

1 handfull Parmesan for sprinkling 20p,

Total: £3.01, that’s 75p a head.

Lamb Lasagna

This lasagna will get the whole family asking for more. It does take a while to make the white sauce as it needs to thicken. Once both sauces are ready then layer it up with the sliced tomatoes on top. We cook it until the white sauce has set so about 20 minutes for us.

For the lasagna:

4 lasagna sheets 13p

200g minced lamb £3

5g olive oil 2p

100g frozen onion 15p

3 garlic cloves 5p

2g dried oregano 2p

100g mushrooms 25p

225g frozen spinach 37p

White sauce:

5g olive oil 2p

100g all-purpose flour 25p

50g almond milk 10p

5g. nutritional yeast 10p

5g garlic powder 5p

55g 3 tomatoes 25p

Total: £3.76 that’s 94p a person.

Lamb & vegetable casserole

This is a lovely winter recipe that can be cooked all at once in the slow cooker. We cook ours on low for 8 hours.

2 celery sticks 10p

100g frozen onion 25p

400g tin carrots 25p

5 bay leaves 5p

1 tbsp vegetable oil 5p

1 tbsp butter 8p

2 tbsp plain flour 5p

2 tbsp tomato purée 10p

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 10p

2 beef stock cubes 5p

200g lamb steak £2

Total: £3.08 that’s 77p for four people

Lamb & macaroni bake

This is a really easy dinner recipe for the whole family. It takes about 20 minutes to make and can be used as leftovers the next day.

100g frozen onion 25p,

1 garlic clove 10p,

200g minced lamb £3,

1 tsp ground cinnamon 3p,

1 beef stock cube 10p,

2 x chopped tomatoes £1.20,

1 tbsp dried oregano 2p,

400g macaroni 30p,

250g tub ricotta £1.35,

50g parmesan 80p,

50ml milk 75p.

Total: £7.90 that’s £1.90 a person.

Leftover lamb recipe ideas

All these lamb leftover recipes are family-friendly and great if you are on a strict budget.

If your family likes lamb then why not buy lamb mince or cut off’s for delicious lamb curry.

A lot of these easy lamb leftovers can be made cheaply with the right kitchen staple ingredients.

Check your cupboards and see if you have any the below in. Stock up the below ingredients as they work for most budget-friendly meals.

Our full list of kitchen staples can be found here but if you can only afford a few then we suggest:

Curry powder

Salt & Pepper

All Mixed Spice




Plain Flour

00 flour or bread flour

Porridge Oats

Baking Powder


Canned Tomatoes

Tomato Puree


Coconut Milk

Tinned potatoes

How to save money off your groceries

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Meal planning

Use our free pre-made meal plans and shopping lists in our Resource Vault so you don’t even have to think. Meal planning is a really quick and easy way that you can shop to stop you buying more food than you need.

If you’re struggling to fill your own meal plan then have a look at these posts:

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We use OhMyDosh* which is a really easy to use cash back site that gives you money back every time you shop through them.

Before you buy anything online check if you can get cash back on it through OhMyDosh.

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We also use Quidco* which is another cash back site that pays out quite quickly. It’s worth searching both of them before you buy anything online.

Buy more

Sometimes it could be worth buying more than you need. This works for meat for example. It may be worth buying more lamb or chicken so you can make more meals. Most of the time the bigger the meat the cheaper it is per kilogram.

We use online retailers like Muscle Foods* which supply us with frozen meat that we can freeze straight away. That means we can just defrost whatever we are using to stop waste.

Use your slow cooker

Using a slow cooker and cooking from scratch means that you will always come home to a delicious meal without hassle. We use our slow cooker on night’s when we know we will be home late.

Decide on what to cook the week before and fill your slow cooker in the morning and turn it on. When you get home everything should be ready with no fuss.

Use our post below to get some slow cooker inspiration:

31 Aldi Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family

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