Lamb Shank and Borlotti Bean Stew

by Collette White | 9 March, 2018

Good Evening friends! Happy Friday! I hope this finds you all well and that your week has been lovely. I have had a nice and relaxed week here and have had the luxury of spending some quality time in my kitchen, which I always say is my ‘happy’ place. Cooking in batches is so much easier now I have ‘Mabel’ (my Richmond Belling Oven), I love that I can have a cake going in one oven and a Frittata going in another …. there are of course many other features I love about her and due to almost daily questions about it, I will be doing a full blog on it, within the fortnight. Until then, enjoy the DELICIOUS stew recipe I created recently, we were all literally licking our bowls! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


1 tblspn oil

3-4 lamb shanks

1 large brown onion – diced super fine

1 tblspn turmeric powder

1 tblspn sage powder

1 tblspn fennel seeds

good pinch salt and pepper

2 litres bone broth or stock

1 cup dried borlotti beans ** see notes **

2 good handfuls baby spinach


In a large saucepan place the oil and heat on high. Add the lamb shanks into the saucepan and fry for 2-3 minutes either side or until golden. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, turmeric, sage, fennel, salt and pepper. Stir for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant and the onions have sweated down.

To the pan, add the broth/stock, borlotti beans and shanks.

Place the lid on and cook on a medium heat for 35 minutes. Turn the shanks over and cook for a further 35 minutes.

Remove the shanks. Allow to cool enough to remove the meat from the bones.

Add the meat back into the pan with the baby spinach.

Serves 2-3 with mashed potato and vegetables.



Notes: * dried beans need to be soaked / washed well first. If you are prepared, you can soak them overnight then give them a good rinse before cooking with them. If you forgot to soak them, you can soak them with boiling water for an hour and then give them a good rinse before cooking with them.

* Osso Bucco or any similar meat on a bone would be perfect for this dish.

Wishing you a truly wonderful week ahead! I look forward to connecting with you more again soon.
Take Care of You,