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Moroccan Stewed White Beans Recipe - Vegetarian

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Moroccan Stewed White Beans

Photo © Christine Benlafquih

Make these stewed white beans as spicy as you like. Tomatoes, olive oil and Moroccan spices blend together to form a zesty sauce for this vegetarian dish. Serve as a side dish or entrée.

The recipe calls for dry beans. Remember to soak the beans the night before cooking.

The cooking time is for a pressure cooker. Double this time if using a conventional pot.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 500 g (about 1 1lb.) dry white haricot or Cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, grated
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Mix all ingredients in a pressure cooker or pot. Add 2 liters (about 2 quarts) of water, and bring to a simmer.

Pressure cooker method. Cover, and cook on pressure over medium heat for about 40 minutes, or until the beans are tender. If the beans are still submerged in sauce, reduce the liquids until the sauce is thick and not watery. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Pot method. Cover, and simmer the beans over medium heat about 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thick and no longer watery. (If the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add a little water to prevent the beans from burning.) Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Note that the beans should be quite saucy. The beans will consider to absorb liquid as they sit, so allow for this if preparing the dish in advance.

White beans can be eaten with a spoon, but they're also very good scooped up with crusty Moroccan bread.

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 5 out of 5
Yum!, Member AliciaK.

I needed something I could make in a hurry, so I substituted canned Cannellini beans and petite diced tomatoes. It was so delicious, I am going to make it again with dried beans very soon. Loved the combination of spices! Served it over steamed brown rice for a complete vegan protein.

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