Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is my version of a rustic lamb & bean casserole that we had in Italy during our travels. I normally use 5 cloves of garlic. This works really well in a Le Creuset dutch oven or any heavy based casserole dish, as the vegetables hold their shape a bit better. If you don't like beans, leave them out and reduce the stock by 1/2 cup. Serve with boiled new potatoes instead.
- 200 g dried borlotti beans, soaked overnight in cold water (you can cheat and use 1 x 400g tin of borlotti or cannellini beans if you want)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 3 stalks celery, roughly sliced
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dried sage
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dried thyme
- 150 g brown button mushrooms or 150 g portabella mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 2 medium courgettes, roughly sliced
- 1 (400 g) can plum tomatoes, & juice, roughly pulped
- 3⁄4 cup of good quality vegetable stock
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 25 g butter, softened
- 800 g lamb chops
- Soak the borlotti beans overnight in cold water, then drain.
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Heat the olive oil in the dutch oven and saute the onions and garlic until translucent. Do not allow to colour or burn.
- Add the celery, herbs, mushrooms and courgettes and saute for 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes & juice, stock, red wine, drained beans and the salt and pepper to taste, and heat until just simmering. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the lamb chops and stir until the chops are covered with the liquid mixture.
- Cover, put in the oven and cook on 200 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine the flour and butter until there are no lumps.
- After the 30 minutes are up, remove the lamb from the oven. Stir through the butter and flour mixture in teaspoonfuls until well combined. Cover, put back in the oven and then reduce the heat to 150 degrees Celsius. Cook for 1& 1/2 - 2 hours, or until the meat is nearly falling off the bone, and the beans are cooked.
- Serve with crusty ciabatta bread or just in big bowls (think steaming casserole on a cold winter's night) with glasses of red wine. This is nice also with steamed green beans.
This is a great winter warmer. It is very hearty and full of flavour and very quick to put together. We love anything with borlotti or cannelli beans so it went down very well in my family. I changed the lamb chops to diced lamb meat and popped it in the slow oven of my combustion stove. Lovely!