1Toss the cubed lamb with the flour/salt/pepper mixture in a ziplock bag. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a small stockpot and add mirepoix (carrots, celery, onion). Saute for about 3-5 minutes, then add additional 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and the lamb. Brown lamb over medium-high heat for a few minutes, then add the chicken stock. Toss in fresh rosemary and dried thyme, and stir in barley and leftover gravy.
2Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 1 hour with lid tipped (to allow steam to escape), stirring occasionally.
3After 1 hour, add leftover cut-up potatoes (if using uncooked potatoes, add them 20 minutes earlier). Cook for about 5 minutes or so, add peas and corn, and heat those vegetables.
4Serve ladled into a soup bowl (if there is too much liquid, use a slotted spoon first and then spoon a bit of gravy over top).
This hearty beef stew is easy, but not lazy. Braising the meat in red wine and beef broth for an hour before adding the carrots and potatoes ensures the vegetables are tender, not mushy. Frozen peas stirred in at the end add a pop of color and freshness. Get the recipe.