Fasolada/Cannellini Beans Soup


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I suppose when someone hears Greek food, immediately thinks of souvlaki or tzatziki. It is true that these two have become, over the years, a trade mark of Greek food. Nevertheless, as I was growing up, what we as Greeks considered being our most traditional and staple Greek dish was fasolada.

Fasolada is a cannellini beans soup that is eaten from the northern parts to the very southern ones in Greece. If one has, and rightfully, the question as to why this dish was such a staple, the answer is simple. Greece has gone through many rough times in her history (that reminds me of something we live today!) such as wars, civil wars, poverty, famine, slavery, dictatorships and the list goes on. People most of the time didn’t have the luxury to eat meat every day; they enjoyed it every Sunday or in big fests and celebrations. Beans were cheap, easily cultivated and they really filled the stomach very well. Need I say more?

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So, when Pola proposed soup to be this month’s theme for World on a Plate, my mind went directly to fasolada. Today, that all types of meat and food are available to us, this dish is kind of spurned and put aside from our weekly menu plan. I wanted to feature it and give it the credit it deserves, because it is hearty, it is tasty, it is family friendly, it is budget friendly and it is perfect for the chilly days of autumn or winter. This recipe is how my mom makes it and how I am making it for my family. If you crave soup and you have the ingredients, do give this a try and you won’t regret it.

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World on a plate is a blogging cultural exchange established by Pola. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers who participate in this event team, from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish.

 

Fasolada/Cannellini Beans Soup 

Ingredients

2 cups beans

400 gr./14 oz. chopped tomatoes in their juice

2 carrots, sliced

A bunch of celery, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

½ cup olive oil

Water for the first boil of the beans

Water to cover the beans plus 3 cm. above them

Salt, pepper to taste

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Instructions

Put the beans in a pot and cover them with water.

Place the pot over high heat and boil for 5 minutes.

Drain them and throw away this water.

In the same pot add the drained beans, the carrots, the tomatoes, the celery, the onion, the sugar, the pepper, the cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Refill with water to cover the beans plus 3cm. above them.

Place over high heat and when they start to boil lower to medium and boil for at least 2 to 3 hours depending on the beans.

After two hours test and if they are soft, add the olive oil and salt.

Let it boil for 5 minutes more and then turn off the fire.

The reason why we put salt at the end is because in this way we avoid making the beans tough.

The reason why we put the olive oil at the end is because it is better for the oil not to boil for a long time.

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5.0 from 7 reviews

Fasolada/Cannellini Beans Soup
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Soup
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 2 cups beans
  • 400 gr./14 oz. chopped tomatoes in their juice
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • A bunch of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Water for the first boil of the beans
  • Water to cover the beans plus 3 cm. above them
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Put the beans in a pot and cover them with water.
  2. Place the pot over high heat and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain them and throw away this water.
  4. In the same pot add the drained beans, the carrots, the tomatoes, the celery, the onion, the sugar, the pepper, the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Refill with water to cover the beans plus 3cm. above them.
  6. Place over high heat and when they start to boil lower to medium and boil for at least 2 to 3 hours depending on the beans.
  7. After two hours test and if they are soft, add the olive oil and salt.
  8. Let it boil for 5 minutes more and then turn off the fire.
  9. The reason why we put salt at the end is because in this way we avoid making the beans tough.
  10. The reason why we put the olive oil at the end is because it is better for the oil not to boil for a long time.

5.0 from 7 reviews

Φασολάδα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σούπα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 2 φλ. φασόλια μουλιασμένα από την προηγούμενη
  • 400 γρ. τοματοχυμό
  • 2 καρότα, σε φέτες
  • Ένα μάτσο σέλινο, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 μεγάλο κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 κ.σ. ζάχαρη
  • 1 κ.γ. κανέλλα
  • 1 κ.γ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • ½ φλ. ελαιόλαδο
  • Νερό για το πρώτο βράσιμο
  • Νερό για να καλύψει τα φασόλια συν 3 εκ. από πάνω τους
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βάλτε τα φασόλια σε μια κατσαρόλα και σκεπάστε με νερό.
  2. Βάζετε την κατσαρόλα σε δυνατή φωτιά και βράστε τα φασόλια με άφθονο νερό για 5 λεπτά.
  3. Στραγγίστε και πετάξτε αυτό το νερό.
  4. Στην ίδια κατσαρόλα, προσθέστε τα στραγγισμένα φασόλια, τα καρότα, τις ντομάτες, το σέλινο, το κρεμμύδι, τη ζάχαρη, το πιπέρι, την κανέλα και το μοσχοκάρυδο.
  5. Ξαναγεμίστε με νερό για να καλύψει τα φασόλια συν 3 cm. από πάνω τους.
  6. Ζεστάνετε σε δυνατή φωτιά και όταν αρχίσουν να βράζουν μειώστε σε μέτρια φωτιά και βράστε για τουλάχιστον 2 έως 3 ώρες ανάλογα με τα φασόλια.
  7. Μετά από δύο ώρες δοκιμάστε και αν είναι μαλακά, προσθέστε το ελαιόλαδο και το αλάτι.
  8. Αφήστε τα να βράσουν για άλλα 5 λεπτά και σβήστε τη φωτιά.
  9. Ο λόγος που βάζουμε αλάτι στο τέλος είναι επειδή με τον τρόπο αυτό αποφεύγουμε να γίνουν τα φασόλια σκληρά.
  10. Ο λόγος που βάζουμε το ελαιόλαδο στο τέλος είναι επειδή είναι καλύτερα για να μην βράσει για μεγάλο χρονικό διάστημα.

 

53 Responses to Fasolada/Cannellini Beans Soup

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  1. Candace says:

    This is my favorite kind of soup! I’m in Texas right now where it’s really warm; but in a couple of days, I’m headed back up north and it will be really cold. This will be perfect to warm me up!

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  3. Sutapa says:

    Delicious comfy soup….. healthy too…love it!

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  5. sally says:

    This looks like the perfect fall soup! I’d love to warm up with some of this!

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  7. grace says:

    beans are definitely a great filler, but as a bonus, they’re super tasty and a pleasure to eat! this is a great soup, katerina, and thanks for the history lesson. :)

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  9. Lisa says:

    Now that the weather is getting chilly here…this soup woud be perfect to warm the body and soul. It looks so hearty and soothing!

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  11. Beth says:

    Bean soup is so delicious and filling. A great choice!

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  13. Cucina49 says:

    I adore bean soups, and this one looks wonderful. What a great idea to add the nutmeg and cinnamon for a little spicy warmth.

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  15. Greece has gone through so many hard times. I can see why this soup would be a favorite now and then. Not only would it be filling but delicious with its seasonings as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  17. ¡Qué bella propuesta me encanta ! abrazos y abrazos.

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  19. Reeni says:

    I believe in the hearty deliciousness of this soup! I love the big amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg. So warming! We are big cannellini bean fans here.

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  21. Looks so comforting and delicious! One kind of soup that I don’t make at home is actually bean soup. I love having the soup but my family are not into beans in general. So sad! I’d love to invite myself when you make soup like this! :)

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  23. Claire says:

    It is soup weather here this week and this one looks perfect!! I love soup with beans, it is a good less expensive option but still tasty. I can’t wait to try this one.

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  25. This is a great source of nutrients all in one bowl!

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  27. Corina says:

    I do love bean soup and this sounds delicious.

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  29. Joanne says:

    My boyfriend is greek and he seems to think that no greek food can be vegetarian. I’m totally going to prove him wrong with this!

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  31. Didi says:

    Katerina,
    This sounds absolutely PERFECT!!! I love the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg. I will be trying this soon!!

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  33. Warm filling soup…Perfect for the wind and cold here…

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  35. I love beans and bean soups are equally delicious!

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  37. Julie says:

    What a delicious and hearty soup this must be. I am trying to make more meatless soups.

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  39. Susan says:

    Your soup photos are making me drool! I love a good bean soup but haven’t made one yet this season. Wonderful to have a new recipe to try!

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  41. Asmita says:

    This soup looks so satisfying! Loving the flavors!

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  43. This sounds like a good bean soup. Perfect for this chilly weather we are getting here in Florida, I actually had to wear long sleaves today. I just got a earthenware pot that you can use on the stovetop, perfect for this soup!

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  45. Nadji says:

    La soupe de haricots blancs est un plat qu’on trouve tout autour du bassin méditerranéen. Un plat que j’aime beaucoup surtout quand il commence à faire froid. Il est chaleureux et réconfortant.
    A bientôt

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  47. Juliana says:

    I love bean soup and often make it, especially when the weather is cold…I like your recipe, sounds really interesting with cinnamon and nutmeg…I will have to try this next time cooking bean soup. Looks so comforting!
    Thanks for the recipe Katerina and have a wonderful week :)

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  49. Sissi says:

    I have heard about fasolada, though I associate Greek cuisine first of all with moussaka! It would be funny to make a poll on your blog and see which dish is better known, I’m sure it depends on the country. I have never had a pleasure to taste it. It looks really fantastic and very tempting. I would love to prepare it, but as an avowed carni/piscivore I was wondering if in Greece you sometimes add meat or fish or seafood to it… Would you advise any particular animal?

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  51. Ambreen says:

    That’s a delicious and flavorsome soup. Please, pass me the bowl :)

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  53. This soup looks very comforting and perfect for a cool day. I love beans, so I know I’d enjoy a bowl of this.

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  55. Susan says:

    What a perfect dish for autumn!

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  57. Kate says:

    I think every culture has a cheap meal on the back burner.

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  59. Debra says:

    We have a similar recipe but without the cinnamon and nutmeg which I am sure puts this over-the-top!

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  61. Julie M. says:

    So many delicious soups up on the blogs this week and this is another winner! I love how hearty and healthy this looks Katerina. You can have me over for dinner any day of the week! :)

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  63. divya says:

    healthy n delicious…

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  65. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου πολύ ωραίο φαγητό η φασολάδα!Ελληνικότατο και αγαπημένο!Η προσθήκη κανέλας και μοσχοκάρυδου πάρα πολύ ωραία ιδέα και αρκετά ενδιαφέρουσα!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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    • Jennifer says:

      just made your soup last night- it was lovely. tkhans so much for the recipe, it was just the thing on a cold night. returning from a long business trip to a mostly empty refrigerator (save a lucky butternut squash) almost kept me out of the kitchen but this was easy and quick to pull together with few ingredients. i added a shallot and some cloves of garlic. the leftovers today were even better!

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  67. This sounds so comforting and delicious! I love cannellini beans. Thanks for this introduction to Greek soup!

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  69. Bean soups are so hearty and comforting on cold days. This looks delicious! I would love to have a bowl.

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  71. Ola says:

    and ‘fasola’ means beans in Polish:)
    good for cold days, esp. as we are already having snow here:(

    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  73. Μarion says:

    Απόλυτα ελληνικό πιάτο.
    Εμένα μου αρέσει και το χειμώνα και το καλοκαίρι (εντάξει όχι με τον καυσωνα :) .

    Το ότι βάζεις κανέλα και μοσχοκάρυδο την κάνει ακομα πιο ενδιαφέρουσα. Δεν την έχω δοκιμάσει έτσι.
    Και την έκανες όπως μ αρέσει: ωραία χυλωμένη και όχι νερόβραστη.

    Φιλιά πολλά Κατερίνα μου

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  75. Now that Florida is getting a little chilly, I need a huge bowl of this comforting fasolada!

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  77. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα μου και καλή εβδομάδα!
    Μας παρουσίασες ένα από τα απόλυτα ελληνικά φαγητά! Με το που χειμωνιάζει, φτιάχνω φασολάδα σχεδόν κάθε εβδομάδα!
    Μου φάνηκε ενδιαφέρον που της προσθέτεις κανέλα και μοσχοκάρυδο, οι ζεστές νότες των συγκεκριμένων μπαχαρικών ταιριάζουν στο πιάτο!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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    • Rhynna says:

      Looks so good. Your pictures and blog make me just smile and it has been much nedeed lately. I just wish that it would get a bit cooler so I could enjoy a soup….please!!! My fridge is up and running so I am back to baking mode. Ready to make my baby boy’s first birthday cupcake!! I love the fall…. oh and your blog :)

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  79. Debra says:

    This is one of the soups that I don’t know how I lived without. I learned to make it from my Greek M-I-L. She never added cinnamon or nutmeg to hers so I don’t to mine. Otherwise the same recipe. :) Also I bought the same bowls as yours in Green just three days ago. :D My kids love them and use them for cereal too. ;)

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  81. A very warming and delicious bean soup!

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  83. CCU says:

    What a warming soup my friend, excellent flavours :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  85. Xara says:

    Fasolada is traditional, indeed! I’ve never tried it with cinnamon and nutmeg either, sounds very intriguing! Have a great week, XO

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  87. Delishhh says:

    When i think of Greek soup i think of Chicken lemon and rice soup, which i love and make all the time. But this just looks delicious. With cinnamon, nutmeg etc. YUM perfect XMAS soup too :)

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  89. I am very convinced that bean soup is a wonderful dish! I always like to substitute beans for meat… its a great source of protein. Your soup looks delicious.

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  91. Your soup looks and sounds very much like what I make except for your spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m going to have to try this…I’m sure it is delicious.

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  93. I bought cannellini beans so I could make some soup, but now I’ll have to follow your recipe because it sounds fantastic!

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  95. PolaM says:

    This reminds me so much of pasta e fagioli! It is a bean soup made with beans and pasta. The spices we use are different: rosemary and/or bay leaves. I think I want to try your version!

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  97. I have had this fasolada before. Just wonderful and hardy. And perfe3ct for hard times…like winter coming (ok not quite as tragic as world chaos) lol.

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  99. AstraLibris says:

    Ohhhh, this looks wonderful! I love the inclusion of cinnamon and nutmeg – definitely fixing this soon! Thank you!

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