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Lamb cutlets with butter bean mash and almond pesto recipe

Lamb cutlets with butter bean mash and almond pesto recipe

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These stunning lamb cutlets are wonderfully succulent and perfect for enjoying on an evening in for two. Racked up on top of a creamy spinach and butter bean mash and drizzled with a vibrant almond pesto, they're a real feast and can be on the table in just 20 minutes. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 713 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 lamb cutlets

For the mash

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 50g baby spinach

For the pesto

  • 15g basil
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp finely grated Parmesan
If you don't have these beans, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    54g 78%
  • Saturates

    19g 95%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    1.1g 18%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 16.8g Protein 39.7g Fibre 5.9g


  1. For the pesto, put the basil leaves, garlic, almonds and 1½ tbsp oil in a small bowl. Whizz with a stick blender until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan, adding a little extra oil to loosen if needed; season.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tsp oil over a medium-high heat. Season the lamb and sear, fatty edge down for 1 min, then cook for 3-4 mins each side for pink meat. Remove and leave to rest.
  3. Meanwhile, make the mash. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, cook for 1 min, then add the beans and cook until warmed through. Put the spinach in a colander set over the sink and pour over boiling water to wilt. Drain the excess liquid and roughly chop.
  4. Mash the beans and stir through the spinach; season. Divide the mash between plates and top each with 3 cutlets. Drizzle over the pesto.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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