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White Bean Stew with Beef

Kuru Fasulye

© by Visit Turkey

This nourishing homemade stew is considered by many to be the national dish of Turkey.


Serves 4

  • Beef Stew Meat 1 lb, cubed
  • Butter 1 Tbs
  • Olive Oil 2 Tbs
  • Yellow Onion 1, chopped
  • Garlic 3 cloves, chopped
  • Water 1 cup
  • Tomato Paste 3 Tbs
  • Bay Leaf 2
  • Diced Tomatoes 1 x 28 oz can
  • Cannellini or White Navy Beans 2 x 28 oz cans, drained
  • Aleppo Pepper 1 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Tbs, or to taste
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Cook it

  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Sauté the onions gently until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté a minute more.
  2. Add the beef, water, tomato paste, canned tomatoes and bay leaves, bring the pot to a boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer, cover the pot and cook for 90 minutes, or until the beef is tender.
  3. Add the cannellini beans, sugar and Aleppo pepper.  Increase the heat to an active simmer and cook with the pot uncovered until the stew reduces a bit and thickens, about 20 minutes.  Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.