Braised Lamb Shanks with White Beans and Tomatoes

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 2 hr.
Total: 2 hr. 20 min.
A wonderful dish to set before any king or queen.


  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks (about 1 lb each), trimmed of visible fat
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 med carrots, peeled and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbs herbs de Provence
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can white beans (great northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed


  • In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add oil. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Add to hot oil and cook, browning each side, about 4 minutes per side (if necessary, cook in batches). Remove shanks to a clean plate and set aside.
  • Add onion, carrots, celery, tomato paste, herbs de Provence, garlic, salt, and pepper; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add wine, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, and beans; bring mixture to a simmer. Nestle browned lamb shanks into broth mixture; cover and cook until meat is tender and easily falls off the bone, about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on size of shanks.
  • Place shanks in individual shallow bowls or plates. Divide vegetables and sauce among bowls.
  • Serve with a simple green salad (arugula or mixed greens, dressed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil) and whole grain, crusty bread.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 648
  Calories from Fat 271 (42%)
(46%)Total Fat 30g
(68%)Saturated Fat 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
(45%)Cholesterol 135mg
(16%)Sodium 389mg
(55%)Potassium 1920mg
Total Carbohydrate 42g
(42%)Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(105%)Protein 52g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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