Loobyeh (Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic)


Called loobyeh (pronounced LOO-beh), this comforting vegetable stew is a staple in Lebanon. Rita Nakouzi's recipe is a combination of her mother's and aunt's versions; only as an adult was she finally able to add as much garlic as she wanted. After years of making what by her own admission was "a garlic attack," she says, "Now I've gotten better. It finally dawned on me, I don't think everyone else likes garlic as much as I do."

Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic
Photo: © Christopher Testani
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably canola

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 12 garlic cloves, 6 minced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans

  • One 16-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent and softened, about 8 minutes. Add the minced garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the green beans and 6 whole garlic cloves and cook for about 2 minutes, tossing to coat the beans.

  2. Pour the diced tomatoes and their juices into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are very tender, about 40 minutes. Season the braised green beans with salt and pepper. Transfer them to a platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The braised green beans can be refrigerated overnight.

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