Kjötsúpa: Icelandic Lamb Soup

Kjötsúpa: Icelandic Lamb Soup

Kjotsupa, an Icelandic lamb soup, is a traditional recipe that optimizes the flavors of root vegetables including carrots, rutabagas, and potatoes.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat and briefly sauté the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes (do not brown). Add the lamb pieces and brown on all sides.
  3. Step 3

    Add the sliced onion to the pot and sauté for about 1 minute, then pour in the brown rice and water. Raise the heat to high, bringing the soup to a low boil; allow to boil for 5 minutes, skimming away the froth as it rises.
  4. Step 4

    Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the dried thyme and oregano, cover the pot, and cook for 40 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Add the cabbage, carrots, rutabaga, cauliflower (if using), and diced potatoes. Cook, covered, for an additional 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork-tender.
  6. Step 6

    Remove the meat and bones from the pot, chop the meat coarsely, and return to the soup. Warm for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Step 7

    Season with salt and pepper, serve, and enjoy.