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LAMB SHANK AND VEGETABLE SOUP

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 lamb shanks

4 bacon rashers

1 medium (150g) onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 sticks (150g) trimmed celery, sliced thinly

1 bunch (400g) baby carrots

4 small (280g) turnips, halved

150g small Swiss brown mushrooms

1/2 cup (lOOg) yellow split peas

400g can tomatoes

1/4 cup (60ml) tomato paste

1/4 cup (60ml) dry red wine

2.5 litres (10 cups) vegetable stock

2 dried bay leaves

1 cup (150g) frozen broad beans, thawed, peeled Heat oil in large pan; cook lamb, in batches, until browned all sides.

Remove and discard rind from bacon; chop bacon finely. Place bacon, onion and garlic in same pan; cook, stirring, until onions are browned lightly. Add celery, carrots, turnips and whole mushrooms; cook, stirring, until vegetables are just soft.

Return lamb to pan; add split peas, undrained crushed tomatoes, paste, wine,

vegetable stock and bay leaves. Bring to boil; simmer, covered, about I1/2 hours or until lamb is tender. Cover; refrigerate overnight. [Must be made 1 day ahead. Can also be refrigerated, covered, for up to

2 days or frozen at this stage.]

Remove all fat solids from surface of soup before reheating. Add broad beans; cook, stirring, until heated through.

SERVES 4 TO 6

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