Shaved Leg of Lamb with Sugo Naturale Recipe

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Margie Published: June 23, 2021

How To Make Shaved Leg of Lamb with Sugo Naturale

Dripping with a tart Italian pan sauce or sugo naturale, this herby roasted shaved leg of lamb dish is topped with pancetta and cherries.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 20 minutes



  • 1largeleg of lamb
  • ½lbcarrots
  • ½lbonion
  • ½lbcelery root
  • 2headsgarlic
  • 4rosemary sprigs
  • 3tbspdijon mustard
  • ½cupgrapeseed oil
  • salt and pepper,to taste

For Garnish:

  • ¾lbpancetta,(Italian bacon)
  • ¾lbcherries,fresh or frozen
  • ¼lbchives
  • ¼lbparsley

For Lamb Sugo Naturale (Pan Sauce):

  • ½cuplamb drippings from roast
  • 1cupred wine
  • ½cupsugar
  • 2tbspraspberry vinegar
  • ½cupfat from pancetta,strained, rendered


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

  2. Tie lamb leg tightly with butcher twine. Peel and cut vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Half the garlic cloves.

  3. Lay lamb leg on top of vegetables and garlic in a small roasting pan and roast for 6 hours or until interior temperature reaches 150 degrees F.

  4. Remove lamb from pan and let cool in the refrigerator. Reserve drippings from lamb for sauce, approximately ½ cup. Once the lamb is cool, slice as thin as possible, approximately 1/16-inch.

  5. Toss sliced lamb with rosemary, Dijon mustard, and grapeseed oil. When ready to serve, place lamb in a pan and “flash” warm in the oven until heated. Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Cut pancetta into ¼-inch squares. Slowly cook pancetta in a sauté pan on low heat until crisp. Strain through a strainer and save the fat, approximately ½ cup.

  2. Toss the cherries with the warm pancetta and spoon over the sliced lamb. Sprinkle the chives and parsley over cherries, pancetta, and sliced lamb to garnish.

Lamb Sugo Naturale (Pan Sauce):

  1. Take the roasting pan with the lamb drippings and vegetables and strain through a fine strainer. Discard vegetables. Return drippings to roasting pan and turn heat to medium on the stovetop.

  2. Add red wine, sugar, and raspberry vinegar. Reduce halfway and strain again into a small saucepan.

  3. Top with pancetta fat and serve over warm lamb.


  • Calories: 1584.90kcal
  • Fat: 110.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 41.39g
  • Trans Fat: 0.07g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 42.37g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 18.90g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.70g
  • Fiber: 4.95g
  • Sugar: 22.18g
  • Protein: 101.91g
  • Cholesterol: 375.08mg
  • Sodium: 1838.27mg
  • Calcium: 157.74mg
  • Potassium: 1961.46mg
  • Iron: 11.13mg
  • Vitamin A: 338.61µg
  • Vitamin C: 40.57mg
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