Persian Green Bean Stew

This warming soup leans on green beans, potatoes, and chunks of beef for the base, with flavor boosters of turmeric and lime juice.

Persian Green Bean Stew
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
10 1/2 cups


  • 1 ½ pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped carrots

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 5 cup water

  • 2 cup peeled and coarsely chopped russet potatoes

  • 2 cup 1-inch pieces fresh green beans

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. In a 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high. Add meat, half at a time, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Remove meat.

  2. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to Dutch oven; heat over medium-high. Add onion; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots; cook and stir 4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, 1 tsp. salt, turmeric, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Return meat; stir in the water.

  3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 45 minutes. Stir in potatoes and green beans. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes more or until meat and potatoes are tender. Stir in lime juice; heat through. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

287 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 287
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 12.8mg 64%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 840mg 18%
Folate, total 28.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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