Kjötsúpa Icelandic Lamb Soup Recipe

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 298
Protein 37g
Fat 5g
Carbs 28g
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

It seems like Iceland is on everyone’s travel bucket list lately – and for good reason!  There’s more to the country than amazing, picturesque landscapes and arguably the world’s most beautiful natural, hot springs.  There’s also darn good food!

One of the tastiest foods I tried while there was kjötsúpa, Icelandic meat (lamb) soup.  It was simple, satisfying, warming and delicious.  The veggies were chopped into small pieces so each bite on my spoon had lamb, mixed veggies and savory, herb broth.  I could eat it all day…

So, just in time for colder weather in the US, here’s a quickie, slow-cooker Instant Pot version of Icelandic lamb soup Kjötsúpa.


Icelandic Meat Soup Recipe



Iceland Lamb Soup Kjötsúpa

Ingredients for 6 hearty servings:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2lb lean lamb leg, shoulder or chops, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks with fat trimmed
  • 1lb rutabaga (or turnips), diced
  • 10oz (~1 large) carrots, diced
  • 1lb (~3 large) red potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups no-salt-added beef broth
  • 3 – 4 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  1. Set slow cooker to the Saute function on medium heat.  Add olive oil, garlic and onions and saute for about 3 minutes until the onions turn brown and slightly translucent.
  2. Increase the heat to high, then add the lamb and herbs.  Sear the lamb on the outside to lock in the flavor of the herbs for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the cabbage.  Stir everything together then cook on medium heat for 4 hours.
  4. When 1 hour remains, add the chopped cabbage to the soup and stir.  Continue cooking for remaining time.
  5. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.

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