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Slow-cooker lamb shanks with white beans recipe

Slow-cooker lamb shanks with white beans recipe

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  • Serves 6
  • 15mins to prepare and 4-8hrs to cook
  • 686 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2 medium red onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2tbsp flour
  • 1tbsp tomato concentrate
  • 125ml/4fl oz balsamic vinegar
  • 300ml/8fl oz red wine
  • 150ml/beef stock
  • 1tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into 2cm dice
  • 15g (1/2oz) parsley, chopped
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    39g 55%
  • Saturates

    17g 87%
  • Sugars

    10g 11%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 18.6g Protein 57.1g Fibre 4.3g


  1. Turn the slow-cooker on so that its warm for the ingredients. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of the oil. Season the lamb shanks. Brown on all sides and remove.
  2. Add the remaining oil and sauté the onion, garlic and some salt and pepper for 5 minutes. Add the flour and sauté for 2 mintues more. Add the tomato concentrate, vinegar, wine, stock and thyme, and bring to a boil. Pour into the slow-cooker with the lamb, beans and carrots. Season once more and then place the lid over.
  3. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours. Do not lift the lid during cooking otherwise it will take longer. Skim any excess oil out with a large spoon. Serve with chopped parsley.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through.

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