Definitely a weekend type dish. Four lamb shanks at New Seasons (best quality) was $50. So for my family, this is not a regular rotation meal. All the same, it is very good even with the time it takes. My only criticism flavor-wise was that it could've used a bit more sodium. The lemon is a nice touch here. I served it with garlic mashed potatoes for a very filling meal.
This is a fabulous dish! We couldn't stop raving about it. I did wind up cooking it gently for about three hours (started it the night before and finished it in the morning before work), so I had to add a bit more wine and broth. Also added some chopped fresh parsley to the finished dish and a crumbled slice of crisp-cooked bacon divided among three plates. Served with steamed kale (cooked with a bit of garlic), a slice of good sourdough bread, and the same white wine that went into the dish.
Delicious dish. Flavors blend perfectly and lamb falls off the bone, creating a hearty, satisfying meal. Thickening with beans instead of flour is a new method for me, aarand it works beautifully. Definitely a keeper and worthy of a special occasion. I served it with multigrain bread to soak up the sauce. Allow 3 hours from start to finish.