Greek Lima Bean Stew

Greek Lima Bean Stew

This recipe for Greek Lima Bean Stew was shared by Nan Simonsen in her February 2022 cooking class. Nan adapted the recipe from the Vegan Under Pressure cookbook and doubled it to serve 8.


  • 2 Cups Diced Leek, Mostly The White Part (Approximately 2 Leeks)
  • 8 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Cups Diced Carrot
  • 1 Teaspoon Crumbled Dried Rosemary
  • 3-4 Teaspoons Dried Oregano (Divided)
  • 5-6 Cups Vegetable Stock (Depending On How Soupy You Want Your Stew)
  • 1-Pound Dry Baby Lima Beans, Soaked Overnight And Drained
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cups Chopped Fennel Bulb, Cut Into 1-Inch Pieces (About 2 Bulbs)
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Chopped Fennel Fronds If Available From Top Of Fennel Bulbs
  • 1 Cup Frozen Or 1 Can Artichoke Hearts In Water (Drained), Halved Or Quartered
  • 1 Large Fresh Tomato, Chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Zest
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Or 4 Teaspoons Fresh Mint, Chopped
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Handful Of Chopped Spinach Or A Bit Less Parsley For Flavor And Color (Optional.


For Instant Pot, using the sauté function, dry-saute the leek in the hot pan,  until very lightly browned, adding 1-2 tablespoons broth or water to prevent burning (about 2-3 minutes).  Add the garlic, carrot, rosemary, and 2 teaspoons of the oregano.  Dry-saute another few minutes, stirring often, adding a few spoonfuls of broth to deglaze and prevent burning.

Add the remaining stock, drained beans, bay leaves, and fennel bulbs and fronds.  Lock the lid. Bring to high pressure, cook for 6 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally. Carefully remove the lid 

Taste a few beans to make sure they are cooked through.  If not, lock the lid, return the cooker to high pressure, and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes. Release the pressure and remove the lid carefully.  

Stir in the drained artichoke hearts, chopped tomato, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mint. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano if you want a highly- flavored dish.  

Add a handful of chopped spinach or chopped some parsley for color, flavor, and added nutrition.

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