Easter Leg of Lamb Traditional Italian Recipe

Traditional Italian Easter



Throughout the world the most popular Easter symbol is the lamb. The reference to lamb in Christianity goes back to the book of Genesis.

In the 9 th century the pope adopted roasted lamb as the feature of Easter Dinner, and has been ever since.

This is a very special recipe traditionally whipped out at Easter, but one which works for any big family gathering.

The milk-fed lamb has a more succulent tender meat and a pearly white to pink color.

 Recipe from: nudoadopt.com


  • Leg of lamb – 1kg/2½lb
  • Rosemary – 1 sprig
  • Sage – 4 leaves
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Potatoes – 800g/1 ¼ lb
  • Olive oil with garlic – 5 tb.spoons
  • Carrots – 500g/1lb 2 oz
  • Shallots – 400g/14oz
  • Flat leaf parsley – 1 spring
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oC/GM4. Finely chop the rosemary, sage and garlic.
  2. Lay the leg in a large roasting tin, season with salt and pepper and rub in the herbs and garlic.
  3. Next pour over the garlic oil.
  4. Pop this into the oven and roast for an hour, basting from time to time.
  5. Peel the potatoes, carrots and shallots.
  6. Parboil them all in separate pots then drain and pop them in with the lamb with about 30 minutes to go.
  7. When the meat is cooked through, cut it off the bone and serve.

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