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Fassolada, Greek Beans Soup

Fassolada, Greek Beans Soup

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Fassolada (or fassoulada, as the peasants call it), is  a hearty navy beans stew, or soup if you like  and is considered to be the national food of the Greeks.

Fassolada with pita bread, tuna and Kalamata olives image

In this stew (or soup) a few vegetables, such as carrots, potato, onion, garlic and celery are added and cooked in a simple tomato sauce. 

Greek food is simple with a few spices but full of flavour which comes from the amazing Greek olive oil, used in all Greek dishes.

From all the dried legumes, fassolia (beans) are my favourite.    According to the principles of the  Mediterranean Diet, we should eat dried legumes at least three times a week in order to benefit from its health effects.

Nutritional Analysis:

No cholesterol – Low in sodium – High in dietary fiber – Very high in vitamin A – Very high in vitamin B6 – High in vitamin C

Calories per serving: about 300

Fassolada Ingredients

  • Navy or other white beans
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots O
  • Potato
  • Celery stalks
  • Fresh ripe tomatoes or passata
  • Tomato paste
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • Vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon

How to make Fassolada

Soak the beans in water from the previous night.

Soaking beans in water image

Drain the water and place the beans in a pot with fresh water. 

Boil for a while and remove any froth which arises.   Drain once again.

Skimming froth from the beans image

In a pot heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent.   Add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds.

Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, spices and mix. 

Adding the vegetables image

Add the tomato and the tomato paste and the vegetable broth. (If you don’t have any, you can add a vegetable bouillon dissolved in hot water.  Add more water if needed to cover it and make it soupy.

Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until soft, for about an hour and a half, mixing regularly.  Add more water if necessary.

After about an hour, remove lid and cook uncovered until the sauce thickens, stirring regularly.

Fassolada image

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Fassolada, Greek Bean Soup

Fassolada, Greek Bean Soup

Yield: 4

Fassolada, is a hearty and healthy navy beans soup (or stew if you like) and is considered to be the national food of the Greeks.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams (8.8 oz) navy or other white beans
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped  
  • 3 carrots, sliced in rounds and halved
  • 1 big potato, cut into cubes
  • 3 - 4 celery stalks, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 5 fresh tomatoes or 1 passata
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 organic vegetable bouillon or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  1. Soak the beans in water from the previous night.
  2. Drain the water and place the beans in a pot with fresh water.  Boil for a while and remove any froth which arises.   Drain once again.
  3. In a pot heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent.   Add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds.
  4. Then add the potatoes, carrots, celery and spices and mix. 
  5. Add the passata, the tomato paste and the vegetable broth (or a bouillon dissolved in hot water).  Add more water if necessary, to cover the beans.
  6. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until soft, for about an hour and a half, mixing regularly.  Add more water if necessary.
  7. After about an hour, remove lid and cook uncovered until the sauce thickens, stirring regularly.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 304Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2118mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 9gSugar 9gProtein 9g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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Ivy

Friday 23rd of November 2007

Absolutely, although today is a wonderful shiny day, but it's Friday and I'll try as well to post vegetarian on Fridays.

Peter M

Friday 23rd of November 2007

Um-um good! Nothing better than fasolada on these cold days.

Ivy

Friday 23rd of November 2007

Hi and thank you for your comment. Hope that you will be able to visit Greece soon and enjoy the nice food and beautiful places.

Freya and Paul

Friday 23rd of November 2007

I have just found your blog and am thrilled as I adore Greek food! I have yet to visit to country but for now I can enjoy your blog!!

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