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Greek White Bean Soup (Fasolada)

6 Servings

1 hour 30 minutes plus soaking time for beans

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Carrots lend sweetness to this soup that’s balanced by briny olives and salty feta cheese. Half are added at the start and the rest at the end to preserve their taste and texture. Dried cannellini beans that are soaked before cooking yield a full-flavored soup. To soak the beans, in a large bowl, stir together 2 quarts water and 1½ teaspoons kosher salt. Add the beans, soak at room temperature for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours, then drain well. Canned beans work in a pinch; see instructions below. We use extra-virgin olive oil to give the soup a little body and fruity, peppery richness throughout, as we were shown by Argiro Barbarigou, one of Greece's leading voices on classic cooking. We vigorously whisk in a few tablespoons just before serving. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days; reheat in a saucepan over low, adding water as needed to thin the consistency.

Greek White Bean Soup (Fasolada) with Canned Beans:

Rinse and drain four 15½-ounce cans cannellini beans; measure 1 cup of the beans into a medium bowl, then use a potato masher or fork to mash to a paste. Follow the recipe as written, making the following changes: Add all of the carrots at once; reduce the broth to 1½ quarts; and add both the whole and mashed beans at once. After bringing to a simmer over medium-high, reduce to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally and maintaining a gentle simmer, until the carrots are just tender, about 20 minutes. Finish the soup off heat as directed.

6

Servings

Tip

Don't skip the step of mashing 1 cup of the cooked beans to stir back into the soup. The mashed beans give the soup a creamy, lightly thickened consistency.

1 hour 30 minutes

plus soaking time for beans

Ingredients

  • 6

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more to serve

  • 1

    large red onion, chopped

Directions

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Reviews
Gwyn B.
March 4, 2023
Husband Approved!
Everything for this recipe was already in my fridge and cupboard. It came out delicious! I used bone broth and canned beans. My husband does not usually comment on soup, but he exclaimed, “This is good!”
William G.
January 24, 2023
Delicious Greek White Bean Soup
This is perhaps the best winter soup I have made. Everyone raves about it. I use the modified recipe for canned beans because is is less time-consuming.
Amber V.
January 27, 2024
Absolutely Incredible!
I saw this recipe on TV last weekend and knew I had to make it this week… well it far exceeded my expectations. I had canned cannellini beans on hand so I followed that ‘modified version’ of the recipe and I couldn’t be happier. The brininess of the kalamatas along with creaminess of the feta (I used my favorite - French feta) topped with the freshness of the parsley rounded out everything. This will be on my soup rotation - thank you as always Milk Street!
Sona E.
December 11, 2023
Amazing soup!!
This soup is delicious!!! Easy to make and the toppings of olives, feta cheese and parsley make it soooo tasty!!! Don't hesitate to make this! Also, very healthy due to the beans --- lots of fiber and protein!
Sherry C.

Hi Milk Street.
Chris, glad you started MS!
I just cooked the Greek White Bean Soup and it was perfect. Each ingredient gives the right flavor note. Mashing the beans is an important step and should not be missed. My husband requested it be added to the menu rotation. Can't wait to try another MS recipe.
Sherry

Janine W.

This soup was delicious. I simmered it much longer than 10 minutes at the end. I wanted the beans softer but that was personal preference. The flavors were great!!! Will definitely make it again.

Luba B.

Could I make this recipe in Instant pot?
Thank you.

Lynn C.

Hi Luba -

We didn't test this recipe in the Instant Pot so we can't give specifics on technique and timing. We do have a lot of other Instant Pot recipes that call for dried white beans so we would recommend using one of those as a guide.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Shelagh S.

Excellent! A definite keeper. Nice to have a change from the usual Italian bean soups.