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Albanian White Bean Stew

A vegan bean dish that comes from Albania. This dish is so easy to make, just be sure you start soaking your beans the night before!
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time1 d 3 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Albanian
Keyword: Beans, soup, Stew, Vegan
Servings: 5
Cost: $10


  • Pot
  • Cutting Board


  • 2⅓ cups White Beans
  • cups Water
  • 2 Onions Chopped
  • 1 stalk Celery Sliced
  • 2 Carrots Sliced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Parsley Chopped
  • 4 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Salt To taste


  • Starting the night before, soak your beans at least 6-8 hours.
  • In fresh water, bring beans to a boil.
  • Add the celery, carrots, bay leaves, and ½ of the chopped onion to the pot.
  • Simmer about 2½ hours, until the beans were tender.
  • Sauté the remaining onion and add the tomato puree.
  • Add your onion/tomato puree sauce to the soup, add salt, let simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve topped with parsley.


This recipe is brought to you by Nina from Lemons and Luggage.
Here is what she had to say about the recipe. 
"Who doesn't love a good bean stew? This traditional white bean stew from Albania is popular in Albania itself as well as in other countries with a significant Albanian population, such as Kosovo and Macedonia. As a typical home-cooked meal you won't necessarily find it in the restaurants of the  quirky capital Tirana , but that's why it's a great dish to cook at home while dreaming about travel."
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