Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Fasoolia Baytha (White Bean Stew)

Fasoolia Baytha (White Bean Stew)

White beans braised in a tomato based sauce is Fasoolia Baytha. Fasoolia means “bean” and baytha means “white” in Arabic. Thus, this is a white bean stew.

This dish could not get any simpler. You can use canned or dried beans for this recipe, whichever you have on hand. For purposes of this recipe, we used canned to keep it speedy for an easy weeknight meal.

Every time I think of this dish, it brings me back to my grade school days. My dad was my soccer coach. Often, we would go from school to practice. And often, it was a little chilly outside. Poor Chicago – it tries its best. By the time practice was over we were starving and just a touch cold. I remember this dish often greeting us when we got home. Quick, easy, and so satisfying. I specifically remember my mom asking me once how was dinner, and all I could give her was a 👌🏽(an A-OKKK sign) between bites. It just hits the spot every time. BTW – we won 5 championships. Was this our Wheaties? I think so.

So here it is for you now. A very easy, straight forward, and most importantly delish and nutritious weeknight meal.

Fasoolia Baytha (White Bean Stew)

White beans are braised in a tomato based sauce and served over rice. Delicious!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ,15 ounce cans of white beans (cannellini or great northern beans)
  • 1 ,15 ounce can tomato sauce (love Tuttorosso brand)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot.
  • Once the oil starts to glisten, add onions and cook until onions become almost translucent, ~5 minutes.
  • Add white beans, tomato sauce, and water.
  • Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for ~25 minutes. The sauce will thicken a little in this time.
  • Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Enjoy with rice!

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