This lamb soup is a traditional food in Iceland. This dish dates all the way back to the year 900, when Iceland was first settled by Norse settlers. This is a hearty, nourishing stew that’s simple and delicious. Perfect for cold weather and it becomes even more tasty after a day or two, so don’t hesitate to make a big batch! I used chopped lamb shoulder, but often kjotsupa is made with bone-in cuts for the rich flavor and added nutritional value. You could definitely make this with lamb chops if you’d like to have the bone intact.
Most of the early settlers of Iceland were fleeing the tyrannical king of Norway. These Vikings were expert seafarers and seasoned fishermen. Upon discovering Iceland for the first time, they believed it was the land of the gods. This simple and nourishing meal combined fresh fish with the bounty of the unique land that they made their home. Ancient Iceland was abundant and teeming with game and natural resources. Kjotsupa was the perfect thing to enjoy after a hard days work and to celebrate new beginnings.
The Best Tasting & Most Ethically Sourced Lamb
Our lamb is raised on the North Island of New Zealand, in the incredibly beautiful foothills of Mount Ruapehu. The lambs are born and live their lives freely roaming the lush green landscape. These animals are raised by the Maori people native to New Zealand, and have been bred for generations for extraordinary taste and quality. They graze on verdant green grass rich with nutrients and are never given any type of antibiotics or growth hormones.
Why We Choose Lamb Raised In New Zealand
Lambs in New Zealand graze on some of the world’s most lush and nutrient rich pastures. The country enjoys a unique, subtropical climate that encourages animals and plants alike to flourish. New Zealand has some of the best conditions in the world for raising lamb, which might explain why their population outnumbers humans. Cultural traditions in New Zealand make it the industry standard to raise meat humanely and naturally. New Zealand lamb is grass fed throughout its life, unlike American lamb which is often grain finished to encourage larger size and higher body fat percentage. New Zealand lambs are smaller in size, because they were allowed to grow and develop the way nature intended.
- 2 tablespoons bison tallow
- 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 4 Yukon gold potatoes, chopped
- 1 parsnip, chopped
- ½ cabbage, chopped
- 6 cups bison bone broth
- 2 cups water
- 3 pounds lamb shoulder, chopped into bite size pieces
- Sea salt & white pepper to taste
- Melt the bison tallow in a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Add in the minced garlic and sauté for about a minute.
- Sear the lamb shoulder, working in batches as necessary to brown them on all sides. With all the meat in the pot, add in the chopped onion. Stir to combine and cook for about a minute, then add in the bison bone broth.
- Increase the heat and bring the pot to a boil. Skim the fat off the top of the soup. After letting it boil for a few minutes, reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Add in the herbs and season as desired with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Enjoy! Serve with some crusty bread and butter. The soup tastes even better after a couple days.
The Beck & Bulow Team Is Happy To Help
At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based. And if you’re a New Mexico local, be sure to check out our butcher shop!
Every cut of meat and seafood is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of pasture raised bison, beef, elk, lamb, wild boar, poultry, seafood and more.