Autumn Gluten Free Main Dishes Recipes Spring Summer Winter

Tomato and White Wine Braised
Lamb Foreshanks with Butter Beans

July 11, 2022

The freshness of lemon and orange zest and juice in this slow-cooked dish adds an almost summery lightness, which when cooked in the colder months makes a lovely contrast to the heavier meatier braises.


(Serves 4)

4 lamb shanks

2 tbsp + extra olive oil

1 med. carrot, peeled & diced

1 onion, peeled & diced

2 sticks celery, diced

6 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in a bundle with kitchen string

2 fresh or dried bay leaves

4 cloves garlic

1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes

400 ml dry white wine

250 ml water

1 lemon, zested & juiced

1 orange, zested & juiced

Salt & freshly cracked black pepper

1 x 400 g tin Butter Beans, drained & rinsed

2 tbsp Italian parsley, freshly chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based (cast-iron is best) braising pot and brown the lamb shanks; seasoning with a little salt and freshly cracked pepper. Reserve to the side.
  2. Pour a little extra olive oil to the pot and gently fry the diced carrot, onion, celery until softened.
  3. Add the thyme, bay leaves, garlic, tomatoes, wine and water along with most of the lemon and orange zest and juice.
  4. Bring to a simmer and then add the lamb shanks, positioning to fit snugly within the vegetable mixture. Add a little extra water if needed to just cover the shanks.
  5. Turn down to a very gentle simmer and with the lid on, cook for 3 hours until the meat is tender but not completely falling off the bone.
  6. Remove the shanks and reserve covered to the side.
  7. Bring the cooking liquid to the boil and reduce until the flavours intensify and is a little thicker in consistency.
  8. Stir through the butter beans and reserved citrus zest and juices and heat for 3 – 4 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  9. Serve with freshly chopped Italian parsley.

Serving Notes

  • Use large chunks of lamb shoulder an alternate cut to lamb shanks to make a delicious stew.
  • An alternate accompaniment to butter beans could be soft polenta, mashed potato or chickpeas.

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