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Lamb Stew with White Beans and Ginger

Yield Makes about 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds boned lamb stew meat, excess fat trimmed
  • About 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-skimmed beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons anise seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 carrots (about 10 oz. total), peeled and sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 cans (15 oz. each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • Salt
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 409
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • protein 35 g
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 11 g
  • sodium 360 mg
  • cholesterol 75 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse lamb and pat dry. Place flour in a plastic bag and add about half the meat; seal bag and shake to coat pieces lightly with flour. With your hands or tongs, lift pieces out and shake off excess flour. Repeat with remaining lamb. Discard remaining flour.

  2. Set a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and tilt to coat pan bottom. When oil is hot, add about half the meat in a single layer, pieces slightly apart. Cook, turning as needed to brown all sides, about 6 minutes total. Transfer meat to a rimmed plate and repeat to brown remaining lamb, adding 1 more tablespoon oil. Transfer second batch to plate.

  3. Add onion to pan and stir until limp, about 2 minutes. Return all the lamb and any accumulated juices to pan, then stir in broth, ginger, orange peel, anise seeds, allspice, and cayenne. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is tender when pierced, about 1 hour.

  4. Add carrots, return to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender when pierced, about 20 minutes. Add beans; cover and simmer, stirring occasionallly, until hot, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced cilantro and salt to taste. Pour into a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.