Delicious Lamb Shank Soup

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Delicious Lamb Shank Soup
(Serves 6-8)
Make this delicious lamb shank soup for those last few cold days.

Ingredients
   
2kg lamb shank and/or lamb knuckles
1 medium onion
2 ribs of celery stalks
1 large carrot
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2litres of water
2 x 400g     butter beans
1x 400g  tinned crushed tomatoes
40ml lemon juice

Method

  1. Finely chop the onion and slice the ribs of celery and carrot.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan and brown the shanks in batches.
  3. Cook the onion, celery, carrot and garlic in the same pan, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes or until the onion softens.
  4. Return the shanks to the pan with the water and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for about 2 hours.
  6. Remove the soup mixture from the heat.
  7. When the shanks are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and break into coarse chunks.
  8. Refrigerate the cooled soup and meat (cover it) separately overnight.
  9. Discard the fat from the cold surface of the soup mixture.
  10. Place the soup mixture and meat in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. Add the butter beans, tomatoes and lemon juice and simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  12. Serve with fresh home baked bread