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Traditional Greek bean soup recipe (Fasolada)

Traditional Greek bean soup recipe (Fasolada)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 80 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Greek


Looking for an authentic Greek bean soup (fasolada) recipe? Find out how to make it the traditional Greek way! This is the authentic recipe for fasolada, a trademark dish that has nourished generations.


  • 500g dry white kidney beans or cannellini beans or navy beans (18 ounces)
  • 34 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped (if you love onions, add one more!)
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 130ml extra virgin olive oil (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • a pinch of paprika (hot or sweet, according to preferance)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste (min 2 flat teaspoons each)


  1. To prepare the fasolada (Greek bean soup), place the beans in a saucepan with plenty of cold water to cover them. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down to medium and parboil for 30-35 minutes, until slightly tender. Drain in colander and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onion, celery and carrots. Add 3-4 tbsps of olive oil in a deep pan, add the chopped vegetables and blend. Sauté for about 2 minutes and add the tomato paste and continue sautéing for a minute.
  3. Add the parboiled beans in the pan and pour in enough boiling water to cover the beans and little bit more and blend lightly. Place the lid on and simmer the fasolada for about 35 minutes, until the beans are tender.
  4. Towards the end of cooking time, pour in the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Boil for a few more minutes, until the soup becomes thick and creamy.
  5. Serve this traditional Greek bean soup (fasolada) while still steaming hot with a few Kalamata olives and of course some village bread. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 339kcal
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 495.2mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 17g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.6g
  • Fiber: 8.7g
  • Protein: 8.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg