Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes)

  • Serves

    serves 4


Lebanon has an ancient tradition of producing high-quality olive oil, which is used to braise vegetables in a number of traditional dishes. One of the most popular is loubieh bil zeit, literally "green beans in oil," a traditional Lebanese mezze in which romano beans are braised until tender with tomatoes in olive oil. It's typically served at room temperature, but can also be enjoyed warm, as a side dish. Green beans or fava beans can be substituted for the romano beans. This recipe first appeared in our October 2014 issue with the story Home for the Harvest.


  • 13 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 12 small white onion, minced
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 vine-ripe tomato, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 lb. small romano or green beans, trimmed and halved
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced parsley


Step 1

Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook garlic and onion until soft, 4–6 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Add tomato and 1⁄2 cup water; cook until tomato is broken down, 6–8 minutes. Add beans, salt, pepper, and 3⁄4 cup water and reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, until beans are very tender, 20–25 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

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