Loubie is a traditional Lebanese dish made with Italian green beans (and we add pinto beans for a different texture), tomato, onion, and garlic. It is a vegan and vegetarian favorite but can also be made with meat. There are different ways to make it but this one is my favorite (and the one I grew up with!) We eat it as a main meal but it can also be served as an appetizer.
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Loubie Bzeit (Green Beans)
Sautee the onions in olive oil until light brown over high heat, add the garlic. Stir and sautee both until golden.
Add the green beans (and the pinto beans if they are firm) over medium heat. Stir with the garlic and onions every minute for about ten minutes. Cover in between stirring.
Add the diced tomatoes. Leave for four minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add 4 cups of water, salt, black pepper, tomato paste, cover and let boil.
When it starts to boil, set the heat back to low and let simmer/lightly boil for at least an hour and a half (you can check on them after an hour minutes). Add the pinto beans after about 1 hour (when the loubie beans almost soft).
The beans will be ready when they are firm but not crunchy (or soft, to your preference). Salt to taste.
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