Turkish Lamb with White Beans Recipe: Etli Kuru Fasülye

How to Make Lamb with White Beans

Serve it with White Rice Pilaf and Cucumbers with Yogurt and Mint.

Serves 4-6


  • ¼ cup ( ½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 to 2 ½ pounds boneless lamb shoulder or shank, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, diced ( ¼ cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped ( 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 cups great northern beans, soaked overnight and drained (page 7)
  • 1 teaspoon Turkish red pepper or ground red pepper
  • 2 cups lamb stock or water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium Italian green peppers, seeded and chopped crosswise (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley


  1. In a heavy medium-size saucepan, melt the butter over high heat. Add the lamb chunks and brown the meat all over for about 6 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute more, then add the tomato paste, tomatoes, beans, Turkish red pepper, and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 45 minutes, skimming the surface occasionally to remove any scum that rises to the top.
  2. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a clay pot. Add the green peppers. Cover the pot and cook in the oven for 1 hour or until the beans are tender but not mushy. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.