Greek Bean Soup


My grandmother learned to make this delicious soup while living in Greece. I love fasolada because it's easy, cheap to make, and great for feeding large groups.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 25 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans

  • ¾ cup olive oil, divided

  • 4 stalks celery with leaves, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped or pressed

  • 1 (12 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar (Optional)


  1. Place beans in a large bowl or pot and cover with fresh water. Allow to soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy soup pot. Cook celery and onion until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.

  3. Drain beans and add to the pot with the onion mixture. Cover with 2 inches of cold water and add tomatoes, parsley, dill, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and cook until beans are soft, checking every 15 to 20 minutes and adding water as necessary, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil to the soup and season with salt, pepper, and sugar.

Cook's Notes:

You can use dried pink beans in place of pinto beans and honey instead of sugar.

You can use pureed tomatoes in place of chopped.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
17g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 797mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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