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Tuscan Lamb and Bean Stew

Posted on April 16, 2009 by in lamb

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It is the time of the year where I can haul out the all the stew and soup recipes that I have been bookmarking and collecting. Yes, the weather is changing and today was a beautiful autumn day here in Cape Town. I am still not feeling 100% so I needed a stew recipe that can basically “do it’s own thing”!
I did not follow one specific recipe, but used what I had available and I would like to share with you my own………..(drumroll please!!!!!)

Tuscan Lamb and Bean Stew


1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. crushed rosemary
1/4 tsp. thyme
2 lbs. lamb stew meat – I used
3 Tbs. flour
1 bay leaf
2 cans (16 oz. each) beans, rinsed and drained – I used a 4 bean mix
500ml vegetable stock
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
500ml red wine

Preheat oven to 180 C
In large cast iron pot, heat 1 Tbs. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion to pot and cook until softened. Add garlic, pepper, and herbs, and cook 1 minute more. Transfer mixture to a plate and keep aside. Add 1 Tbs. oil and half of lamb to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is browned, about 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining 1 Tbs. oil and remaining lamb. Sprinkle the flour over the lamb in the pot and stir to coat. Transfer onion mixture back into the pot and add remaining ingredients. Cover and place the pot into the oven and let the stew cook for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, check the seasoning and thicken with a roux if the sauce is to thin.

I squeezed some lemon juice over the stew and some lemon zest and it was just perfect. Serve huge chunks of crusty bread!!!

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21 Responses to “Tuscan Lamb and Bean Stew”

  1. Elra 17 April 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Oh I almost forgot that it is autumn already in CT. Of course this is a perfect meal for it. It look so delicious Nina.

  2. Helene 17 April 2009 at 2:05 am #

    What a great stew. We still have chilly nights, so that would be a welcome in the house.

  3. elly 17 April 2009 at 3:47 am #

    What a delicious recipe, Nina. I just love lamb stews, and such a great combo with the beans!

  4. Snooky doodle 17 April 2009 at 6:02 am #

    I ve never cooked lamb so far cause I don t like it much, but this dish looks delicious maybe I should try it

  5. Pam 17 April 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    Oh Nina, it’s cold and rainy today – this would be perfect for dinner.

  6. Lori Lynn 17 April 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Looks great Nina! And that lemon sounds like it gave it that perfect bright note. Love your photo, and your hunk of crusty bread!

  7. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) 17 April 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    mmm that looks delicious. it’s still a tiny bit cold here in NYC, I think I could still get away with a stew! πŸ™‚

  8. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 17 April 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    That stew looks beautiful and hearty and so reminiscent of the meals I ate in Tuscany. I look forward to more cold weather foods from you! πŸ™‚

  9. That Girl 18 April 2009 at 1:16 am #

    ooooohhhh I’ve got some lamb breast in the freezer that is begging to be turned into stew.

  10. Maryann 18 April 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Hey Chicky! I didn’t know you feeling under the weather. Where have I been?
    Feel 100% again, OK? xox
    (that’s a nice cloud)

  11. Sylvie 19 April 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Enjoy the autumn and I hope you’re gonna be back to normal soon.

  12. Junglefrog 19 April 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    I always have a hard time remembering that other people are getting into the colder season as over here it is just starting up (with a gorgeous weekend this weekend!!!) but to be honest I like stews most of the year. Probably also because we can have really bad weather in summer too, so that is just the kind of weather a stew is perfect for! I love the photograph too! Looks very rustic to me.

  13. Kevin 19 April 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I like the sound of beans in a lamb stew! It looks really tasty!

  14. Dragon 20 April 2009 at 1:53 am #

    This lamb stew sounds so delicious. Perfect for a cold night or any night. πŸ™‚

  15. Peter M 21 April 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Ahhh Nina, I can see with these hearty dishes that your season is changing there.

    The lamb and beans and the sauce. grab some more of that Ciabatta.

  16. Jeanne 22 April 2009 at 12:36 am #

    Mmmm, you almost make me long for autumn. Still, here in London we are about to enter asparagus season which is not too bad either πŸ˜‰ Love this stew and will definitely bookmark it for when the weahter turns cool again.

  17. glamah16 27 April 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Its always frun to watch the seasons differ from you to ours. Another lovely lamb dish.

  18. Katrine 30 September 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Ah, just what I was looking for! Nothing like a nice lamb stew on a cold and wet night in Durbs… Dinner sorted!

  19. Marisa 14 July 2010 at 8:55 am #

    This looks super Nina! Why oh why didn't I see this last night so I could have it waiting for me when I got home?

  20. Sam 22 March 2011 at 5:29 am #

    what a great combi!this stew is really great!

  21. ski slopes 31 July 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Love it! Thanks for recipe! These look incredible…

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