This is a very easy mid- week dinner or great for a potluck. The key is to cook it at a low temperature for a long time in a dutch oven or slow cooker. My grocer gets fresh lamb every Tuesday and I buy a rolled shoulder which is about $12 for 4 lbs. I take it apart remove excess fat and cube. I use canned tomatoes because fresh ripe ones do not exsist here in winter and it's quicker, but use fresh if you can find them. Serve with a white Italian loaf and a hearty red wine. —SaySchwartzAndBeSure
Unroll the shoulder, remove excess fat and cut into large cubes, set aside.
Peal and dice onions. Heat a cast iron frying pan and saute onions in a little butter or oil until clear. 5 minutes. Place in bottom of dutch oven or slow cooker
Make sure frying pan is good and hot to sear lamb cubes. Add a little oil and a bit of grated garlic. Cook in batches so you can turn meat and it doesn't steam. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper as it cooks. When it is browned add to the onions. Cook untill all meat is seared.
Add a splash of wine to the frying pan to remove all flavor bits and add to the meat & onions.
Add the can of tomatoes and stir with a large wooden spoon. The whole tomoatoes will break down as it cooks. Break up one sprig of the thyme leaves and add.
Drain the white beans and rinse lightly. Add on top of the meat with bay leaves, any leftover garlic and remaing wine. Gently stir a few more times, do not crush the beans.
Put the lid on and cook the dutch oven at 350 until it bubbles then turn down to 275 for 3 1/2- 4 hours or set the slowcooker overnight or in the morning for supper. This is excellent the next day. Decorate with the second sprig of thyme.
Serve in a bowl with bread for dipping and a full bodied red wine. Add a light salad if you like but this is very filling.