Roast red wine lamb with Italian beans

Roast red wine lamb with Italian beans

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus reducing time for the gravy

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Serves 8
Good roast lamb is hard to beat, Lesley Waters's recipe gives it new flavour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal534
  • fat27g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein47g
  • salt2.02g


  • 2kg leg of lamb



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 8 good sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • half a bottle red wine
  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1l hot lamb stock
  • 3 red onions, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

For the beans

  • 2 rosemary, needless roughly chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 100g SunBlush tomato, drained and roughly chopped
  • 3 x 400g cannellini beans
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • handful flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut small slashes all over the lamb, then push a slice of garlic into each. Put half the thyme, 3 tbsp olive oil, wine, lemon zest and a good grinding of black pepper into a large freezer bag. Addthe lamb, tie the bag tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs, preferably overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the rest of the thyme into the bottom of a roasting tin then lift the lamb out of the marinade and sit on top of the thyme. Roast for 20 mins, then toss onions into the pan, drizzle with a little oil, then turn the oven down to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Roast for 15 mins/450g for medium. Meanwhile, strain the marinade into a pan, add most of the stock and boil until reduced by two thirds (this will take about 20 mins). Set aside. Gravy can be made ahead or the day before if necessary, as long as the meat has marinated for 4 hrs.

  3. Once the lamb is ready, take out and rest on a board, wrapped in a tent of foil to keep warm. Set the onions aside in a bowl. Put the roasting tin onto a low heat and add the balsamic vinegar to the tin with a splash more stock and scrape all the meaty bits from the bottom. Tip into the jug with the gravy.

  4. For the beans, add 2 tbsp oil to the roasting tin. Add the rosemary and tomatoes, and fry for 1 min until the rosemary smells aromatic. Tip in the beans, the red onions and the final splash of stock, then warm through. Season, then stir in the parsley just before serving. Serve on a platter, topped with the lamb.

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3rd Apr, 2011
I’ve cooked this just for the two of us before, today I cooked it for 7 of us for Mothers' Day. Parts of it are a bit involved, like putting the roasting pan on the hob after you’ve roasted the lamb and set it aside. But you can get around it, I just poured the meat juices straight into the gravy, tasted fine to me. It’s good to marinate the lamb the day before and to get the beans started by frying the rosemary and tomatoes then adding the beans, just saved a few precious moments on the day.
12th May, 2009
Fantastic! A Sunday lunch regular. I use tinned cherry tomatoes instead of the sunblush tomatoes - taste great.
15th Oct, 2008
Really lovely however a bit too garlicky for me but my guests loved it. I marinaded it overnight.
2nd Dec, 2007
Great recipe, although 4 of us did eat all of the beans which were supposed to serve 8!
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