Pasulj (Serbian White Bean Soup)


This white bean soup is also known as army soup or Pasulj in Serbian. Great on a winter day served with bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • ½ pound dried great Northern beans, rinsed

  • 16 cups water

  • 1 ½ pounds ham hock

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 6 peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Soak beans in plenty of cold water overnight. Drain.

  2. Combine beans, water, and and ham hock in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Skim off any foam and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Add carrots, red potatoes, celery, onion, bay leaf, and peppercorns; bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 more hour.

  4. Remove ham hock and cut off meat from the bone. Return to the soup.

  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat and cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour and cook, stirring, until lightly brown. Remove from heat and stir in paprika until well combined. Return to stove over low heat and stir in 1 cup of soup liquid, mixing until well combined. Pour mixture back into the soup pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

Instead of ham hock you can use ham bone or kielbasa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

287 Calories
15g Fat
24g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 287
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 756mg 16%

* 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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