Main Dish | February 9, 2021

Pressure Cooker Lamb Cacciatore Recipe

Tender leg of lamb seasoned and seared and smothered in a hearty herby tomato sauce. Make this Lamb Cacciatore Recipe in your pressure cooker for the flavor of a sauce cooked all day, but made in minutes. The dish is also fancy enough for company or a Sunday dinner, without all of the work!  This meal is done from start to finish in about 60 minutes.  I love this classic Italian dish with it’s bold flavors and colors.

This post was sponsored by the American Lamb Board.  All opinions are my own.

Lamb cacciatore recipe in white bowl, set atop a marble board. There are small bowls of pepper and thyme to the side.

What is lamb cacciatore?

Lamb cacciatore is lamb that is prepared alla cacciatore or “hunter style.” Cacciatore means hunter in Italian. Traditionally, cacciatore is a stew of slow-simmered chicken, rabbit or other meat cooked with tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms, and a splash of white wine.

Lamb cacciatore recipe in a white braiser, it is garnished with olives and fresh thyme.

What do I need to make this lamb cacciatore recipe?

Don’t be afraid of this ingredient list, I know it seems long, but many of them are just spices and everything is tossed in one big pot. You’ll need:

  • 3 – 4 lbs boneless leg of American lamb
  • 2 tsp salt (divided)
  • 2 tsp pepper (divided)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme plus 2 sprigs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives (optional)
  • hot cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes for serving

Ingredient needed to make cacciatore.

American Lamb

The over 80,000 family farmers and ranchers raising lamb across the United States are working
hard to provide your family with nutrient-rich and delicious lamb. I love that by purchasing American Lamb,  I’m
directly helping families and farms in my community.

While American Lamb is available year-round, serving this special dish for a date night in, or and family feast this time of year feels extra special. If you need help finding local lamb, contact the ALB at americanlamb.com!

February is Lamb Lovers Month, and there is  a brand new and exciting sweepstakes from the American Lamb Board. Be sure to head to our instagram page for details!

A close up of a bowl full of linguine topped with lamb cacciatore.

How Do I Make Lamb Cacciatore Recipe?

1. Prepare your leg of American lamb by slicing it into 1/2 inch steaks, cutting against the grain.

2.  Season with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.

3. Coat in flour.

4. Heat olive oil in your pressure cooker on saute setting.  Sear lamb steaks for a few minutes on each side, working in batches.  Remove from pot and let stand on a plate.

How to make lamb cacciatore.

5. Add diced onion, bell pepper, and carrot to the pot. Cook for 2 minutes.

6. Toss in garlic and mushrooms.

7. Add fresh thyme and dried parsley. Cook for 1 minute.

8. Pour in white cooking wine and cook for 1 minute.

How to make lamb cacciatore.

9. Add seared lamb back to the pot.

10. Pour in diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.

11. Add in 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, bay leaf, dried rosemary, and thyme sprigs.

12. Seal lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, allowing a 25 minute natural release.

13. Serve with hot cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.

How to make lamb.

Lamb Cacciatore Recipe Q&A

What should I serve lamb cacciatore recipe with?

Lamb cacciatore recipe pairs perfectly with:

What if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

No problem! I’ve included all of the stovetop and oven instructions in the recipe card below.

Lamb cacciatore recipe in a white braiser, it is garnished with olives and fresh thyme.

Can I freeze lamb cacciatore?

Yes! You can freeze this meal in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

How long does cacciatore last?

Store this dish in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Two white bowls filled with easy lamb cacciatore. They are garnished with thyme.

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Lamb cacciatore recipe in white bowl, set atop a marble board. There are small bowls of pepper and thyme to the side.

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Pressure Cooker Lamb Cacciatore Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Time for pot to come to pressure
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Tender leg of lamb seasoned and seared and smothered in a hearty herby tomato sauce. Make this Lamb Cacciatore Recipe in your pressure cooker for the flavor of a sauce cooked all day, but made in minutes. he dish is also fancy enough for company or a Sunday dinner, without all of the work!  This meal is done from start to finish in about 60 minutes.  I love this classic Italian dish with it's bold flavors and colors.

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cacciatore recipe, lamb recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 325 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 3 - 4 lbs boneless leg of American lamb
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 2 tsp pepper divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme plus 2 sprigs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives optional
  • hot cooked pasta rice, or mashed potatoes for serving
Instructions
Stovetop and Oven Instructions
  1. Prepare your leg of lamb by slicing it into 1/2 inch steaks, cutting against the grain.

  2. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge in flour.

  3. In a 5-7 qt dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
  4. Add lamb to the dutch oven and cook 3-5 minutes each side, just until browned. Remove from dutch oven and transfer to a plate.

  5. Add peppers, onion, and carrots to dutch oven. Cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, and mushrooms. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add cooking white and simmer for 3 minutes.
  8. Add canned tomatoes, rosemary, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Nestle lamb back into sauce and transfer to oven. Bake for 45 minutes.

  10. Serve with pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese.
Pressure Cooker
  1. Prepare your leg of lamb by slicing it into 1/2 inch steaks, cutting against the grain.

  2. Season with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.

  3. Coat in flour.

  4. Heat olive oil in your pressure cooker on saute setting.  Sear lamb steaks for a few minutes on each side, working in batches.  Remove from pot and let stand on a plate.

  5. Add diced onion, bell pepper, and carrot to the pot. Cook for 2 minutes.

  6. Toss in garlic and mushrooms.

  7. Add fresh thyme and dried parsley. Cook for 1 minute.

  8. Pour in white cooking wine and cook for 1 minute.

  9. Add seared lamb back to the pot.

  10. Pour in diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.

  11. Add in 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, bay leaf, dried rosemary, and thyme sprigs.

  12. Seal lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, allowing a 25 minute natural release.

  13. Serve with hot cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes
  • nutritional info does not reflect pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes used for serving.

What should I serve lamb cacciatore recipe with?

Lamb cacciatore recipe pairs perfectly with:

What if I don't have a pressure cooker?

No problem! I've included all of the stovetop and oven instructions in the recipe card below.

Can I freeze lamb cacciatore?

Yes! You can freeze this meal in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

How long does cacciatore last?

Store this dish in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Lamb Cacciatore Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 1240mg54%
Potassium 1186mg34%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 2862IU57%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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