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Cawl: A Wonderful Welsh Warmer

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Savour The Taste of our Homeland with Hearty Welsh Cawl 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Welsh Cawl is more than just a soup; it's a tradition and it’s a hearty, warming bowl of comfort that has been cherished for generations.

Based on the ‘Eat Welsh Lamb’ recipe which features succulent PGI Welsh Lamb shoulder or neck, fresh thyme, and a medley of vegetables, making it the perfect dish to enjoy on a chilly day.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Cawl:


  • 650g Lamb shoulder or neck, diced

  • Sprigs of fresh thyme

  • Seasoning

  • 2 litres of vegetable stock

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped

  • 3 whole leeks, washed, trimmed, and sliced

  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 swede or 2 parsnips, peeled

  • 4 large potatoes or 12 small Rosedew potatoes, scrubbed and diced.


  • In a large saucepan, fry the lamb until brown.

  • Add the onion and leeks, and cook for 2 minutes, until soft. Add the remaining ingredients.

  • Simmer on a low heat with the lid on until the lamb is tender, which takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.

  • Best served with crusty bread, topped with salted butter and mature Welsh cheddar cheese.

Here's the PDF for you to download and print if you'd prefer.

Traditional Welsh Cawl
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Welsh Cawl is a comforting, filling dish that's perfect for warming you up on a cold day. It's even better when reheated, so consider making a big batch to enjoy throughout the week. Enjoy and don’t forget to tag us in your foodie pictures on Farmers Pantry’s social media accounts!

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