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fassoulia lima bean stew with lamb and lebanese vermicelli rice

Large Lima Beans Recipe with Lamb (Fassoulia Butter Beans Stew)

  • Author: Lily
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This large lima beans recipe with lamb is known as fassoulia. It's a butter beans stew made with sauteed onions and crushed tomatoes.


  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) of boneless lamb or 2 lbs (1 kg) of lamb with bone
  • 2lbs (1 kg) dried lima beans
  • 2 cans (8 ounces or 400 grams) of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups of chopped onions (about 3 medium onions or 2 large onions)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Soak the dried lima beans the night before or at a minimum for 3 hours.
  2. In a very large pot, boil the water and lima beans on high uncovered while sauteeing the onions and caramelizing the meat.
  3. In a separate nonstick pan on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and meat. Caramelize the meat on each side. Move the meat to the water and beans.
  4. Add the chopped onions in the same pan that the meat was cooked. Sautee the onions on medium-high heat until cooked through (about 8 minutes).
  5. Add the onions and canned tomatoes to the lima beans and meat. Turn the stove to medium heat and cover. Cook for about 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until the lamb is tender. 
  6. Serve with rice.


  1. If using a crockpot, add the crushed tomatoes, beans, water, allspice, salt, pepper, sauteed onions, and caramelized lamb to the crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  2. If using a pressure cooker, add the crushed tomatoes, beans, water, allspice, salt, pepper, sauteed onions, and caramelized lamb to the instant pot. Cook on high for 1 hour. 
  3. The nutrition facts do not include rice.
  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
  5. Store in the freezer in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 374 calories
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62 g
  • Fiber: 18 g
  • Protein: 32 g
  • Cholesterol: 43 mg

Keywords: large lima beans recipe, fassoulia, butter beans recipe, butter beans stew, dried lima beans stew

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