Fasolada is a traditional Greek bean soup made with white beans and lashings of extra virgin olive oil. You'll fall in love with the this creamy, comforting soup that's know as the national dish of Greece.
What Is Fasolada?
Fasolada has it's roots in ancient Greek mythology. Ancient Greeks offered it as a sacrifice to the Greek God Apollo at the Pyanopsia festival, a whole day dedicated to Greek white bean soup! To this day, beans remain an important staple in the the Greek diet.
Fasolada is a simple stew with a base of onions, celery and carrots. Traditionally there are two kinds: One has a base of crushed or grated tomatoes, and the other is made with lemon juice and garlic.
Greek bean soup is usually made using dried white beans that are have been soaked overnight. But, to simplify things I 've used canned cannellini beans. The flavor is equally delicious, and the recipe more suited to a modern, quick midweek meal.
- Cannelinni Beans: Cannelinni beans are the traditional choice, but any white bean will do. We're going to use canned cannelinni beans that have been rinsed and drained.
- Onion: Fasolada always has base of sauteed onions, carrots and celery. Use a large yellow onion that's finely diced.
- Carrots: Sweet and earthy carrots are part of the holy trinity of Mediterranean cooking (referred to as sofritto by the Italians).
- Celery: Herbaceous, peppery celery is one of the key ingredients in a great fasolada. Be sure to use the leaves as well.
- Vegetable Broth: You can use your own homemade stock, or a prepackaged vegetable stock.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is the backbone of Greek bean soup, so use a high quality extra virgin oil.
- Lemon: We will be making the lemon/garlic version of fasolada, so a nice ripe lemon is essential. We'll be using the juice and the zest for an extra acidic, lemony kick.
- Oregano: Earthy oregano compliments this soup perfectly.
- Chili Pepper Flakes: We're using a very small amount of chili pepper flakes for a spicy background note. If you prefer your soup less spicy, please feel free to omit this.
- Salt & Pepper: Season generously with salt and pepper to make all the other flavors pop.
- Parsley: Stir in finely chopped parsley once your soup has cooked. It adds a bright, fresh taste that's hard to replace.
How To Make Greek Bean Soup
- Heat your olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pan. Saute the onions over low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add your carrots ,celery, garlic, oregano and chili pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and pepper. Saute for a further 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse your beans and add them to the pan along with your vegetable stock. Simmer gently for for 15 minutes.
- Add the juice and zest of one ripe lemon to your soup and simmer for two more minutes.
- Take the soup off the heat and remove one cup of beans and place them in a separate bowl. Using an immersion blender, blend them until they are broken down and creamy. You can also do this in your food processor. Return the beans to the stew and and stir in the chopped parsley.
- Let everything heat through for a few minutes and serve!
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Frequently Asked Questions About This Recipe
Fasolada (pronounced fa-so-la-da) is also sometimes referred to as fasoulada or fasolia
Absolutely! Beans are an ideal plant based meat substitute. They are high in fiber and protein, and have virtually zero saturated fats. They're also full of essential vitamins and nutrients.
Stored in an airtight container, Greek bean soup will stay fresh for about four days.
Yes, you can! Let it cool down, divide it into individual servings, and store in airtight containers. It will stay fresh for 3-4 months.
Yes, it is!
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Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup
- 2 cans cannelini beans drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 carrots sliced
- 2 ribs celery diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup parsley leaves finely chopped
- 5 cups vegetable broth