Pork shoulder with tarragon and borlotti beans

Pork shoulder with tarragon and borlotti beans

  • serves 6
  • Easy

This warm and wintery Italian-style stew is perfect for a festive feast. You can serve it with creamy mash but the crunchy mini roasties really are special



  • olive oil
  • onion 2, finely chopped
  • celery 2 stalks, finely diced
  • garlic 3 cloves, crushed
  • carrots 2, halved
  • pork shoulder 1 kg, cut into chunks
  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • white wine 300ml
  • bay leaves 2
  • thyme 2 sprigs
  • tarragon a bunch, chopped
  • borlotti beans 2 x 400g tins, rinsed and drained
  • double cream 150ml

garlic, sage and time potatoes

  • Maris piper or King Edward potatoes 1 kg, peeled and cut into 3cm cubes
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • thyme leaves chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • sage chopped to make 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large casserole or heavy based pan on a medium heat. Fry the onion and celery for a few minutes, until tender, then add the garlic and the carrot pieces.

  • Step 2

    Fry for a minute then add the pork, and fry until opaque but not taking on too much colour. Sprinkle over the flour and let it sit for 30 seconds, then stir into the other ingredients.

  • Step 3

    Pour over the wine and add the bay, thyme and half of the tarragon. Bring to a simmer and season well. Top up with water so the meat is covered, cover with a lid, and simmer for 2-2½ hours until the meat is tender.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toss the potatoes with the oil and tip onto a baking tray. Season well with salt and pepper, and roast for 20 minutes. Toss the potatoes with the garlic and herbs and roast again for 15-20 minutes until golden and crunchy.

  • Step 5

    Add the borlotti and cream to the pork and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the carrot, bay and thyme, stir in the remaining tarragon and serve with the roasties.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 733
  • Fat 36.8g
  • Saturates 147g
  • Carbs 50g
  • Sugars 7.9g
  • Fibre 10.2g
  • Protein 37.2g
  • Salt 0.3g