• 2 x Lamb shanks
  • 1 x Onion
  • 3 x Cloves of garlic
  • 1 x Cup of roughly chopped mushrooms
  • 1 x Cup of diced red peppers
  • 2 x Sprigs of thyme
  • 2 x Bay Leaves
  • 1 x Handful Basil Leaves
  • 1 x Cup green olives
  • 1 x Cup white wine
  • 750ml Tomato passata
  • 2 x Cups of beef stock
  • 2 x Cups cooked cannellini beans
  • 1 x Handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 x Tblspn Butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • Start by browning off your shanks in a nice hot pan with a bit of oil, give them no more than 45 seconds per side.
  • Carefully add a little olive oil to a hot pan, then add your chopped garlic, a finely diced onion and diced bacon and stir together.
  • Add mushrooms, red peppers and whole sprigs of thyme and two bay leaves.
  • Roughly tear up your fresh basil leaves and add them to the pot.
  • Add salt, pepper and green olives, then sweat if off for roughly five minutes.
  • Now add your two shanks, white wine and 750ml of tomato passatta (or tinned crushed tomato)
  • Add the beef stock, and then drop in a big tablespoon of butter, and simmer over a low heat for roughly 90 mins or until the meat is falling off the bone.
  • One the meat is ready add your beans and roughly chopped parsley and stir through for around thirty seconds, then serve with a nice glass of white or a cold, crisp beer!


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