greek white bean soup
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Greek White Bean Soup (fasolada)

Two traditional recipes to enjoy the ultimate Greek white bean soup called fasolada. White with lemon or red with tomato? Make your choice and enjoy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek white bean soup
Servings: 4
Author: Sylia

Ingredients

WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH LEMON

  • 1½ cup (300g) dried cannellini (or navy) beans, soaked overnight in cold water, drained
  • 6 cups (1½liter) hot water
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery and leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup (120g) olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH TOMATO (additional ingredients)

  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in 6 tablespoons water*

Instructions

FOR THE WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH LEMON

  • Rinse soaked beans and boil them for 2-3 minutes. Drain and discard the water.
  • Clean the pot, add the beans and the hot water. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic (optional). Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours until soften but not mushy. Add more hot water if desired.
  • Add salt and pepper. Add the olive oil. Fork mash one cup of soup and pour the mixture in the pot. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir well and remove from heat.
  • Serve with the desired amount of fresh lemon juice and red pepper flakes (optional).

FOR THE WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH TOMATO

  • Follow instructions #1 and #2 above and add the dried rosemary, the bay leaf and the tomato paste (or passata or canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes).
  • Follow instruction #3 above and skip the lemon from instruction #4. Serve with red pepper flakes or/and thyme (optional).

Notes

*NOTES: Alternatively, you may use either 6 tablespoons passata, or 4 tablespoons strained canned tomatoes, or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped.