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Slow Roast Lamb Shanks With Beans Recipe

The shank is the bottom part of the leg, just below the knee. I love cooking this part of the lamb as 1 shank is a good, generous portion for one person, so it’s easy to make for one or more. The beans and the pearl barley suck up all of the flavors from the lamb!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course American Kitchen, Main Food Recipes, Meat Recipes, Pork Recipes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 340 kcal


  • 2 lamb shanks, approx 400g each
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 400g tin of borlotti beans
  • 100g Pearl barley
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 125 glass of red wine
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 150 C.
  • In a frying pan, brown and seal the lamb for 5 mins, season and add to your baking dish.
  • Soften the onion and garlic with some olive oil in the same pan you browned the lamb in, then after 5 mins add the carrot and celery. After another 5 mins, turn the heat up and add the red wine and sugar, allow to reduce down for a few mins then turn the heat back to low and add the bay leaf, thyme, and tomatoes, stir and simmer for 5 mins.
  • Then add the tomatoes to the lamb, along with the barley and the beans and their liquid, stir well and roast for 3-3.5 hrs, until the lamb is falling off the bone.
  • Halfway through a cooking check to see how it’s doing, if it looks a little dry, add a dash of water. Turn the lamb over, stir the beans and drizzle with olive oil. If it looks a little dry, add a dash of water.
  • To serve, drizzle with some good olive oil, a sprinkling of fresh herbs and some spring greens on the side.

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