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Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans

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  • Servings: 4
Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2013


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 2/3 cup bulgur
  • 3/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) gigante or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 ounces baby spinach (about 5 cups)
  • 3 1/2 ounces feta cheese (about 2/3 cup), plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, plus more for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, lamb, bulgur, red-pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring to break up lamb, until lamb is cooked, about 5 minutes. Add paprika; stir until fragrant and toasted, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and water, bring to a simmer, and cover. Lower heat; gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until bulgur is tender, about 25 minutes.

  2. Stir in beans, spinach, feta, and oregano; cook until feta is almost melted and beans are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Garnish with feta and oregano.


Reviews (6)

  • LTWILTON 22 May, 2014

    Tasty, but "mealy" from the texture of the bulgur being so similar to the ground lamb. Might have been better with lamb chunks?

  • Fireflyjh30 12 Jan, 2014

    This is a great hearty winter meal. The diced tomatoes, beans, and spinach add texture to the stew, which has a porridge-like consistency. The feta is a must, adding a tangy-salty element that brings all the flavors together.

  • Mrsrabadi 13 Oct, 2013

    Made it, but increased ground lamb to a pound. Still thought there was too much bulgur. Next time I would use less bulgur. My Jordanian husband liked it.

  • 26pt2nana 20 Sep, 2013

    Going to make this for Sunday Dinner, I'll let you know how it turns out.

  • julofalltrades 20 Sep, 2013

    What happened to the printer friendly option? Great recipe. Thanks!

  • Ohcaroline 30 May, 2013

    Beautiful recipe. Quick, tasty and healthy. It would be nice to have a nutritional breakdown of calories and carbs for the health conscious.