Lamb with Tomato and Haricot Beans

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Simply Delicious 2

Simply Delicious 2

By Darina Allen

Published 1990

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Hearty lamb, tomato and bean casseroles are a great favourite in France.


  • 4 tablesp. (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 8 ozs (225 g) haricot beans
  • 8 ozs (225 g) streaky bacon, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 10 ozs (285 g/2 cups) sliced onions
  • 9 oz (275 g) carrots
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 2 lbs (900 g) lamb, leg or shoulder
  • 1 tin of tomatoes or 1 lb (450 g) very ripe tomatoes (peeled)
  • salt, freshly ground pepper and sugar
  • a bouquet garni made up of a sprig of thyme, several sprigs of parsley, a large sprig of rosemary


  • 2 tablesp. chopped parsley


Soak the beans in plenty of cold water overnight. Next day heat the olive oil in a casserole, add the bacon and fry until crisp. Add the mashed garlic and onions, toss for a minute or two, then add the diced carrots and celery, cover and sweat for a few minutes.

Meanwhile cut the lamb into inch (4 cm) cubes; toss in a little olive oil in a hot pan until the meat changes colour, add to the vegetables with the chopped tomatoes and drained beans. Season with salt, freshly ground pepper and sugar. Add the bouquet of herbs, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1–1½ hours depending on the age of the lamb. Taste, correct the seasoning, remove the banquet garni and serve in an earthenware dish. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.