• 1 lb dried white beans
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 sticks celery, strings removed and sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped (or 1 15oz can peeled tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Fasolada – Greek Bean Soup

This classic Greek vegetarian soup recipe is simple to make. Served with plenty of crusty bread, it makes a perfect dish for a large impromptu party!


Drain the beans and place in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil, skimming off any froth with a slotted spoon. Add all the other ingredients except the seasonings, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Allow to cool slightly, season with salt and pepper, and ladle onto bowls.

Serves 6 to 8

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