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fasolia bean stew over white rice
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Fasolia (Green Bean Stew)

Rich and flavorful Fasolia (Green Bean Stew) with chunks of beef or lamb.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 497kcal


  • 1 lb. stew beef or lamb (with bones)
  • 4 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (slivered)
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • tsp salt
  • tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


  • Cut rinsed meat into large portions and add to a 5 qt. Dutch oven. Add 5 cups of water, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • While the meat is cooking, trim the ends from green beans, cut in half, and slice down the middle. Set aside. 
  • Pour contents of the Dutch oven through a strainer (over a bowl) to collect the broth. Rinse the meat and the pot.  
  • Return the meat back to the pot, along with oil, onion, and paprika. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until the meat is browned and the onion is sautéed.
  • Add the green beans, chopped tomato, and garlic to the Dutch oven. Dissolve tomato paste into the reserved hot liquid, and stir in salt, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour the broth mixture over the beans and stir gently. Covered and simmer for an additional 30 to 40 minutes. 
  • Serve over white rice, bread, or eat as is.


  • If you're lucky enough to have green beans in your garden, of course, use them. Alternatively, you can use frozen green beans.
  • Assyrian stew always includes meat, unless prepared on Wednesdays or Fridays (when many Assyrians abstain from eating meat). Fasolia can also be cooked without meat.
  • To make Fasolia in a shorter amount of time try the pressure cooker instructions.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1002mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g