Easy White Bean Stew Recipe

Warm up this winter with a comforting bowl of white bean stew. Packed with nutrients, this easy-to-make dish can be served with or without meat and is perfect when paired with Middle Eastern vermicelli rice pilaf.
10 minutes
30 minutes

About this recipe

Craving a comforting white bean stew for the winter season? Look no further than this delicious and easy-to-make dish featuring nutritious butter beans served over Middle Eastern vermicelli rice pilaf. Whether you prefer it with or without meat, this stew is a great source of minerals, vitamins, protein, and fiber thanks to the superfood properties of white beans. And with the convenience of canned beans, preparing this white bean stew is a breeze.

white bean stew


  • 500 grams of chicken cut into cubes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 5 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 3 teaspoons Arabian spice -7-spice blend (see notes)
  • 680 ml of passata sauce
  • 400 ml of water
  • 2×400 grams cans butter beans
  • salt to season
  • 1 cup chopped coriander

Notes from Rouba

  • Traditionally, this recipe is made with dry white beans.
  • You can cook this recipe the day before.
  • You can make it with or without meat.
  • Arabian spice is my blend known in the Middle East as Baharat or 7-spice blend. You can find it at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets. Otherwise, you can substitute with 5-spice or allspice.


Step 1.

In a pot, sauté the chopped onion and garlic over medium heat. Add chicken and allspice and mix until well combined (approximately 1 minute). Add passata sauce and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Add washed beans. Season with salt and continue to simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the sauce slightly thickens. Stir in the coriander.

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  1. Just YUM! Have made this stew many times and it’s just so delicious and easy for us busy mums! Thanks Rouba

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