Arni me Fassolakia: Lamb Stew with Green Beans

lamb stew with green beans
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  • 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: serves 6
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This is a favorite Greek lamb stew recipe made on the stovetop with leg of lamb (bone in or boneless), stewed with tomatoes, potatoes, and green beans. This Greek stew recipe can also be made using a pressure cooker.

In Greek, the dish is αρνί με φασολάκια, pronounced ahr-NEE meh fah-soh-LAHK-yah.

What You'll Need

  • 4 pounds lamb (leg of lamb, bone in, or 3 1/3 pounds of boneless leg or shoulder, cut in serving-sized pieces)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 7/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 1/4 pounds of string beans (fresh or frozen, ends trimmed)
  • 3 medium-large tomatoes (pulped in blender)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 1/4 pounds of potatoes (peeled, cut into large chunks)
  • 1/2 rounded tablespoon mint (fresh chopped)
  • 1 rounded tablespoon dill (fresh chopped)
  • 1 rounded tablespoon parsley (fresh chopped)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. In a casserole or stew pot, sauté the onion and meat in olive oil over medium heat until well browned.
  2. Add water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, until meat is tender.
  4. Add beans, potatoes, mint, dill, parsley, cinnamon, and remaining salt.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  1. Note: Add more water during cooking if necessary.