Recipes: Harissa Spiced Lamb with Cannelli Beans

Add a shot of excitement to your supper with Mary Berry’s vividly flavoured (but not too hot) rustic casserole. This recipe works best with rose harissa paste (made with rose petals to soften the chilli sting). This version is deliberately mild: double the harissa for a fiery kick.
Serves 6, 1-2 hours cooking time


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz lamb neck fillet or other stewing cut, trimmed and cubed
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, finely grated
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 250ml/9fl oz dry white wine
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1½ tbsp rose harissa paste
  • ½ lemon, juice and zest
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a deep, ovenproof frying pan or flameproof casserole dish. Sprinkle the cumin and coriander over the lamb pieces and fry in two batches in the hot oil for about 5 minutes or until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Pour the remaining oil into the pan, add the ginger and onions and fry over a high heat for 10 minutes until soft. Pour in the wine and boil for 2–3 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to incorporate all the caramelised meaty bits.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the beans, and stir well, then return the lamb to the pan, season and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour 15 minutes. Stir in the beans and return to the oven to cook for 15 minutes, or until the lamb is tender.