Icelandic- style lamb soup (kjötsúpa)

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Iceland twice so far, and hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to visit many more times to come. It is a country that really does take your breath away, with scenery that is unique and a landscape that is constantly changing. Iceland is known for it’s lamb and this soup is a staple in Iceland. This soup takes minimal effort, a little time and once you’re sitting down with a bowl in hand, the mind is instantly transported to Jökulsárlón or Þingvellir. Serves 4.

Preparation: 10mins

Cooking: 2hrs- 2hrs 15mins



  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 600g diced lamb
  • 1L lamb stock (either using stock cubes, ready made stock or homemade stock*)
  • 500g baby potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium turnip, diced
  • 1 handful kale, stalks removed
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/3 cup porridge oats
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



  • In a large casserole, add the oil and fry the lamb in batches over a medium- high heat to brown and then set aside.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the leeks. Stir regularly and fry until softened but not coloured, if needed lower the heat further to low- medium.
  • Return the lamb to casserole pot and add the stock and thyme. Gently simmer for 1 1/2 hrs over a low heat.
  • Add the potatoes and turnip and cook for a further 20mins.
  • Add the porridge oats and kale and cook for a final 10 mins.
  • Discard the stalks of thyme and then serve and enjoy.




  • Making stock is very simple and easy to do. It can be made ahead and then placed in the freezer for future use. Simply use the leftover bone from a lamb roast, place it in a large stock pot with any vegetable to hand (onions, carrots, etc) and leave to simmer for 4-6hrs. Strain into a freezer proof container, allow to cool and then freeze until needed.

2 Comments Add yours

    1. missannik says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

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