Kjotsupa Icelandic Lamb Soup

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 60 mins
4-6 servings

One of the most delicious foods that we tried while in Iceland was Kjotsupa – a simple lamb soup made from braising cuts of lamb and winter root vegetables. It’s the perfect comfort food for cold winter nights.


+ 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 medium chopped onion

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 chopped cabbage

4 carrots cut into 2cm slices

1/2 diced rutabaga or parsnips

1 cup cauliflower florets

4 potatoes sliced into 2cm cubes

1/2 cup brown rice

4 1/2 cups water

1 kg lamb (chops or neck or shoulder), bone-in, cut into rough pieces


  1. Set your large pot on the stove and set to medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add olive oil and allow to heat. Add garlic and saute for one-to-two minutes.
  3. Add lamb pieces and sear on all sides until browned.
  4. Once lamb pices are browned add chopped onion and fry for one minute or until onion is softened on the edges but not all-the-way through.
  5. Add water and brown rice. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil for five minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and stir in thyme and oregano.
  7. Cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes.
  8. After 40 minutes add cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, parsnip, and potatoes.
  9. Cover and cook for 10 - 20 minutes .
  10. Serve hot in a bowl.

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Recipe source: @wanderingwagars