Roast red wine lamb with Italian beans

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 1:30 h
  • Ready In : 1:45 h
Good roast lamb is hard to beat, Lesley Waters’s recipe gives it new flavor.


  • 2kg leg of lamb
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 8 good sprigs thyme
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Half a bottle red wine
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • 1l hot lamb stock
  • 3 red onions, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • For the beans
  • 2 rosemary, needless roughly chopped
  • 100g SunBlush tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 3 x 400g cannellini beans
  • Handful flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped


Step 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.

Step 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

Step 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.

Step 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.



Tinned beans

Canned beans are ideal for this roast. I’ve chosen cannellini but you could use borlotti, flageolet or even a mixture of beans.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    534 k
  • Protein

    47 g
  • Carbs

    24 g
  • Fat

    27 g
  • Saturates

    10 g
  • Fibre

    7 g
  • Sugar

    7 g
  • Salt

    2.02 g

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