Spanish-style slow-cooked lamb shoulder & beans

Do something different for a Sunday roast with this Spanish-style slow-cooked lamb and beans. It’s so much more than the traditional meat and two veg

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:3 hrs 45 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 597
  • fat 40g
  • saturates 15g
  • carbs 15g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 40g
  • salt 1g


  • 2½ kg lamb shoulder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic bulb, outer layers peeled and cut in half
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 x 400g cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 460g jar roasted red pepper, drained and roughly chopped
  • 300g jar pitted black olives, drained
  • 4 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary


Lamb & bean tagine

Shred any leftover lamb and stir it into any leftover beans with harissa paste and some ground cumin. Add a splash more stock if needed and some dried apricots. Reheat gently. Sprinkle with pomegranates and chopped coriander, then serve with couscous.

Cheat’s lamb gozleme

Shred any leftover lamb and season it with ground cinnamon, cumin and coriander. Mix in some crumbled feta. Press the mix over a flatbread and top with another flatbread. Fry in olive oil until golden on both sides, then cut into wedges.



  1. To make the spice mix, combine all of the ingredients together with a large pinch of salt. Slash the lamb shoulder all over with a sharp knife and rub in. If you have the time, marinate for up to 24 hrs, but this is not essential.

  2. Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or roasting tin over a medium-high heat, add the onions, carrots and garlic and sizzle for 5 mins until the onions and carrots are softened. Pour over the stock, then bring to the boil. Nestle the lamb in the pan and cover, then transfer to the oven and roast for 2 hrs.

  3. Uncover and transfer the lamb to a plate using tongs. Stir the beans, peppers and olives through the stock in the pan, sit the lamb back on top and return to the oven, uncovered, for 1 hr 30 mins until the lamb is cooked through. Transfer the lamb to a board and shred using two forks. Stir the parsley through the braised beans before serving.

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