Easy Roast Lamb

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Prep time
15 mins
Cooking time
1 h 45 mins

If the family are round for Easter, you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen, so make the most of seasonal lamb the easy way with this lazy roast.


  • 1 large leg of lamb, about 3kg/6lb 8oz
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch oregano
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½kg new potatoes
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • large handful pitted baby kalamata olives


  1. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
  2. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes.
  4. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste.
  5. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  6. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium.
  7. Baste the lamb once or twice with the juices and toss the potatoes.
  8. When the lamb is done to your liking, remove from the tin and let it rest for 20 - 30 mins.
  9. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm.
  10. Place the roasting tin on the hob over a medium heat, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins.
  11. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce and a simple salad.

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