Enjoy this hearty, slow-cooked casserole of braised lamb shoulder with vegetables perfect for the winter months.


  • 2 x 2kg lamb shoulder (bone in)

  • 2 medium sized onions, peeled and diced small

  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and diced small

  • 1 medium sized leek (white part only), washed and diced small

  • 2 sticks of celery, washed and diced small

  • 500ml white wine

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed by hand

  • 10 ripe tomatoes, seeds removed and diced small

  • 150g fresh borlotti beans

  • 100g cannellini beans, (which have been soaked in cold water overnight)

  • 100g broad beans, blanched and peeled

  • 100g yellow beans, blanched and cut into small pieces

  • 100g black olives

  • ½ bunch thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ bch marjoram picked leaves

  • 1 orange peel strip

  • 50ml olive oil

  • 2L chicken stock

  • 6 juniper berries

  • Salt

  • 6 whole white peppercorns


  • 1.

    Pre heat the oven to 120C.

  • 2.

    In a deep roasting tray (large enough to fit the vegetables and the lamb shoulder), over medium heat on the stove, heat the olive oil and the crushed garlic together and cook the garlic until golden brown. Then add the diced onions.

  • 3.

    Once the onions are transparent then, add the carrots, celery and leeks. Allow to cook without colouring for approx 5mins.

  • 4.

    Deglaze with white wine and reduce by ¾.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile season the lamb and, in a separate pan, evenly brown the sides of the lamb until well sealed. Place the lamb into the same roasting tray as the vegetables. Then add the chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, borlotti beans, cannellini beans, 50g of the olives, bay leaves, orange peel, crushed juniper berries, thyme and the peppercorns.

  • 6.

    Bring back to simmer, reduce the heat and cover with foil or tight fitting lid then place roasting tray into the oven.

  • 7.

    Allow too cook slowly in oven for 4 – 5 hours or until meat begins to fall away from the bone.

  • 8.

    Once cooked, carefully remove the lamb shoulder from the roasting tray and into a serving dish. Return the roasting tray to the stove and over medium heat, add the yellow beans, broad beans, olives and marjoram. Allow too reduce, until the sauce thickens, adjust seasoning, and pour the sauce over the lamb and serve.

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Posted by mam54Report
I served 4 guests using 1 shoulder, kept the veges the same quantity, of course had veges left over which can be used for another dish. Delicious guests were very happy.