Loubia – Moroccan White Beans

This has always been my very favorite Moroccan food to eat. Beans. Just beans with tomatoes and spices and crusty bread. My mother-in-law spoils us by baking fresh bread so often we usually have freshly baked bread when eating Moroccan White Beans.

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Moroccan White Beans – Loubia

Moroccan White Beans, or Loubia, is very simple, and very quick, and equally delicious. I use dried beans soaked in water all day but you can also use canned beans cooked on the stove top. This one of my favorite quick and simple healthy recipes!

I’ve been eating Moroccan food for so many years and Moroccan white beans will always be one of my very favorite recipes. It’s so much like tomato soup but the beans give it some extra depth and nutrition. In Moroccan culture, the way to eat anything is with homemade bread. You tear a piece, put it in your right hand between the first 2 fingers and scoop up the beans and sauce and complete it using your thumb. You use your thumb to keep the food in place until it gets to your mouth.

In Moroccan culture the act of eating is so much more than just filling your belly. It’s savoring food. It’s enjoying the company you keep. It’s being thankful to God for all that you have.

White Beans are So Nutritious!

Beans are the most complete and nutritious food and make great healthy recipes. Beans have more protein than most other vegetables and they are full of energy-sustaining complex carbohydrates, folate and fiber. Here are just a few of the benefits of beans: lowered cholesterol levels, improved blood glucose control, lowered risk of many cancers, lowered blood pressure, and regulated colon functions.

Moroccan White Beans Loubia

Do you know how to use a pressure cooker? Here’s a post on cooking with a pressure cooker.

You can also use an electric pressure cooker which may be a little less scary but still fast and efficient. You can also make this in the Thermomix! I love my new Thermomix – we just made Loubia the other day using this and it was delicious and easy.


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Moroccan Loubia Recipe

  • Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry white Cannellini beans soaked overnight and drained
  • 3 ripe tomatoes grated
  • 1 medium onion grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

Pressure Cooker Method for Making Loubia:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2 liters (about 2 quarts) of water, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover, bring to pressure, then cook on pressure over medium heat for about 40 minutes, or until the beans are tender.
  4. If the beans are still submerged in sauce, reduce the liquids until the sauce is thick and not watery.
  5. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Pot Method for Making Loubia:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Add 2 quarts of water, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover and simmer the beans over medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thick and no longer watery.
  4. If the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add a little water to prevent the beans from burning.
  5. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Recipe Notes
Note that the beans should be quite saucy at serving time. The beans will continue to absorb liquid as they sit, so allow for this if preparing the beans in advance for later serving.

Moroccan White Beans {Loubia}

 

  • 1 lb. dry white Cannellini beans (soaked overnight and drained)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes (grated)
  • 1 medium onion (grated)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped or pressed)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste (optional))
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. Pressure Cooker Method for Making Loubia:
  2. Mix all ingredients in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add 2 liters (about 2 quarts) of water, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover, bring to pressure, then cook on pressure over medium heat for about 40 minutes, or until the beans are tender.
  5. If the beans are still submerged in sauce, reduce the liquids until the sauce is thick and not watery.
  6. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.
  7. Pot Method for Making Loubia:
  8. Mix all ingredients in a large pot.
  9. Add 2 quarts of water, and bring to a simmer.
  10. Cover and simmer the beans over medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thick and no longer watery.
  11. If the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add a little water to prevent the beans from burning.
  12. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.

Note that the beans should be quite saucy at serving time. The beans will continue to absorb liquid as they sit, so allow for this if preparing the beans in advance for later serving.

 

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31 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I just hopped by from Wellness Wednesday to explore your white bean tagine. Having visited Morocco a couple of times, I am always drawn to Moroccan recipes. White beans are so delicious and the lovely blend of ingredients in this recipe is sure to please! I am pinning and tweeting this!

  2. I have the same question as Angie! How much is i/2 a bag? We don’t know what size bags of beans you have available, so a cup measure or weight for the beans would be helpful 🙂 Thanks!

  3. I think there is a glitch in the website. I pinned this 2 weeks ago and it had the white beans recipe but when I went to look at it today to make it, I only see a recipe for bread. Which looks delicious, but I can’t have gluten so it doesn’t do me much good. Can you post the white beans recipe again please?

    1. Thanks Laurie – I fixed it. For some reason the bread recipe and the loubia keep replacing each other. I just started from scratch this time. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  4. This savory Moroccan white beans recipe is just as scrumptious as it looks! As soon as I saw the ingredients and how quick and easy it is to make – I was sold. And yes, it is everything I hoped it would be. My husband went in for seconds!

  5. The way you explained eating this with bread by hand is the way I tell people how to eat Laotian sticky rice. Right on point! I’ve been looking for many dishes to cook with beans. Lately we’ve been getting lots of parsley. I can’t wait making these Moroccan bean dishes as I love the ingredients in them and have on hand. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    My husband’s family makes loubia ( they are from a different Middle Eastern country) but use a different kind of bean. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Sound ddlicious

  7. 5 stars
    Vicki, this turned out amazing. I mad it in my Instant Pot. Unfortunately, it turned out too liquidy. Next time I will cut the water down by as third. Otherwise, really amazing. I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t any vegetable broth. Yum!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! It’s definitely one of my favorites. If there is too much liquid, you can simmer the beans so they are boiling and boil the sauce down. It should also thicken up this way.

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