Lamb and Fennel Meat Sauce

Lamb and Fennel Meat Sauce is a tomato based sauce made out of lamb, fennel and spices typically used for pasta.

Lamb and Fennel Meat Sauce

Lamb is not a typical protein source for Filipinos, our main meats back home are pork, beef, chicken and seafood hence don’t be surprised if you invited a Filipino to a dinner where you prepared some lamb and they will not even go near them. For us it tastes gamey because we are not used to it, like me the first time I had them I really disliked it but as I tried to have more of it I started to learn and even discover what other ingredients that will perfectly match this meat removing that taste we are not used to.

That is why you also see fewer lamb dishes in this blog but if you see one it would be more suited to the Filipino palate as I use ingredients to remove that taste Filipinos dislike. I notice red wine as well as mint and garlic does a good job in masking that taste but recently I found out that fennel also makes lamb palatable to the Filipino taste so for today we are making a meat sauce out of it. Try it and let me know what your thoughts are?

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Lamb and Fennel Meat Sauce

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Cuisine: Italian


Lamb and Fennel Meat Sauce is a tomato based sauce made out of lamb, fennel and spices typically used for pasta.


  • 600g minced lamb
  • 1 large fennel bulb, chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans Italian style chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil


  1. In a sauce pan add olive oil then sauté garlic, onions and celery.
  2. Add the minced lamb and cook until brown.
  3. Add the fennel bulb, rosemary and chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil then simmer while covered for 15 minutes or until sauce is thick.
  4. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve with your favourite pasta.


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9 Responses

  1. Chefhelen says:

    I know that goat is the most widely eaten protein worldwide, is it popular in the Phillipines?

  2. Nice combination, fennel is great with rich meats. This looks very tasty ;-)

  3. Lamb bring such richness to a meat sauce, it is my favorite addition for depth of flavor. What a deliciously beautiful sauce. :)

  4. I admit I am one of those who is scared to get close to a lamb meat but this one looks delicious,,, your photos looks stunning.

  5. suituapui says:

    Looks gorgeous! We get our lamb all the way from New Zealand, no local fresh lamb and I do like it more than beef. Don’t think we have it minced though – will have to chop it all up myself then. :(

  6. Kristy says:

    Sounds like a great way to cook/eat lamb. Mike and Mr. N really enjoy it, but Miss A and I also find it too gamey. This looks like a good compromise.

  7. Fennel is one of those plants that compliments meat SO WELL. I adore this idea, and I have ZERO idea why I have never included fennel in meat sauces!

  8. Looks fabulous and I love dishes with mince as they are much easier to reduce to just one person. And fennel is such a great flavour

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