Fasolada: Greek Bean Soup
A Recipe for Fasolada (Greek Bean Soup)
Fasolada is a delicious and practical soup that is a basic staple in Greek households. This soup delivers a lot of nutrition for a low price. Use the freshest vegetables and herbs that you can find for the best flavor.
Served with a slice of fresh bread, Fasolada makes a hearty meatless meal, perfect for serving during Lent. The beans, when served with bread, make a complete protein as nourishing as red meat.
Bean soup is an economical choice for feeding a family. This soup can be made on the weekend and will be ready for you to reheat on Monday after work. Like many soups, this one is even better the next day after the flavors have had the chance to blend. Fasolada also freezes well, so put extras in the freezer for supper after another busy day.
The Complete Book of Greek Cooking - Fasolada and Much More!
If you have been reading my cooking lenses very long, you know I love old church cookbooks. I was so excited when I saw this one on Amazon! I had to tell you about it!
The thing I like most about church cookbooks is that all of the recipes are from someone's Mama or Grandma. These are real recipes made by real cooks in someone's kitchen to serve to their family, friends and guests. They are favorite, tried and true recipes, not adaptations by a chef of a dish he makes in a restaurant. This is home cooking at its finest!
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One thing I love about fasolada is that everyone has their own way of making it. It is a very flexible recipe that can adapt itself to whatever ingredients you have available.
This recipe is from an old church cookbook called Food Fit for Gods: A Guide to Greek Cuisine. It was published by the St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas in 1963. This is one person's idea of how to make it; but, I am going to show you a video below that I just love. In the video you will see just how flexible this recipe really is, and she will take you step by step how to make both the tradiitonal vegetarian version I have presented here and a variation using ground beef or lamb.
Perfect on a cold, winter evening!
- 1 pound navy beans
- 2 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- Soak the beans all day or overnight in the water. Put the beans in a colander and rinse them well under running water. Cover the beans with 2 quarts of fresh water, then add the onion, celery and carrots. Bring this to a boil and let simmer until vegetables and beans are tender, about 90 minutes. While this is cooking, heat vegetable oil in a saucepan, then add the salt, pepper, mint leaves and tomato paste, along with 1/2 cup of broth from the beans. Bring this to a boil. At the end of cooking, add this seasoned broth to the bean soup and boil together for one minute before serving.
- Serve with fresh bread. Drizzle soup with olive oil at the table.
How to Make Fasolada
This video is very long, almost a half hour, but it is very informational and if you are interested in making fasolada I recommend you watch it. You will learn several techniques for preparing the beans, both the overnight soaking method and the quick-soak method which is much faster. You will also learn several variations and how to substitute various ingredients depending on what you have available or your individual preferences.
This is a great video series for learning how to cook Greek cuisine. If you are interested in delving deeper into Greek cooking I highly recommend this series as a terrific place to start.
I enjoy making my fasolada this way as well. This video shows how flexible this recipe is.
Fasolada Poll I
Do you like bean soup like fasolada?
Need a Good Stock Pot?
I have three stock pots I use regularly and a very huge stock pot I keep in the basement and bring up for special cooking occasions. If you cook a lot of soups and stews, as I do, you need a supply of good stock pots. For this reason I am always browsing on Amazon to find the best deals on cookware and especially stock pots.
I found this super stock pot with a heavy bottom and an amazing price.... Less than $60! What a deal! I had to tell my readers about it, just in case any of you need a better pot for cooking your homemade soups and stews. This would also be great for anyone who does freezer cooking.
I was going to recommend my Cuisinart stock pot on this lens, but when I saw this bargain I just had to tell you about it instead.
This is an awesome pot for the price. Check it out and see if you agree. Be sure to check the reviews!
Greek Basil for Your Fasolada
You can put more authenticity into your Greek cooking when you add this basil plant to your garden.
Greek basil will add that special touch of authenticity to all of your Greek dishes.
Basil is easy to grow. After harvesting either hang in a dark, well-ventilated place to dry, or freeze.
You will be amazed at the flavor compared to the herbs you buy at the store!
Fasolada: An Economical Dinner
I made fasolada this afternoon and I wish I could give you a taste over the internet. It is a simple, but wonderful soup.
I wanted to share with you the cost of making a pot of this soup. I had some of the ingredients already. Of course, if you need to purchase any of these you will have a higher initial expense, but many of the ingredients are staples available in most kitchens. You will be able to use those staples for many more dishes, so they are a good investment if you do have to buy them.
I used black eyed peas this time. The navy beans were 20 cents cheaper. Some money can be saved by purchasing lower priced beans. I just happen to love black eyed peas.
I also bought organic produce wherever possible. You can save money by purchasing non-organic, buying these vegetables from local farmers at a farmers market, or by growing your own.
Here is my price for buying the ingredients for fasolada:
Black eyed peas $1.69
Yellow onion .50 (I used one onion from a bag of 6 large onions costing $2.99)
Carrots .85 (I used half of a bag that cost $1.69)
Celery .42 (I used 3 stalks out of a $2.79 bag containing 2 heads of celery hearts, the rest will go into the freezer)
Kroger total: 3 .36
I bought tomato sauce when it was on sale at Walgreen's 2 cans for $1.00.
Walgreens total: .50
I already had on hand the seasonings and extra virgin olive oil.
Adding together the amount I spent at Kroger and Walgreens, the grand total is $3.86 for a pot of soup that is going to give me a lot of servings. I can freeze some to have later. The cost per serving I am estimating will be around 50 cents. That is a great deal in today's economy!
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Fasolada Poll II
Are you looking for thrifty recipes like fasolada to save money on groceries?
Dried Beans on Amazon - A variety of white beans for your fasolada
While my recipe calls for navy beans, any light colored bean will work.