White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha)

White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha)

16 Reviews
From: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

A simple, rich stew of white beans. Serve with Mediterranean Tuna Panini.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and mashed, or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Drain beans and cook them, covered, in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Saute onions, celery and carrots for 3 to 5 minutes. Add water, the cooked beans, tomatoes, oregano, salt, cayenne and pepper. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 256 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 16 g fiber; 42 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 206 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3448 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 130 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 321 mg sodium; 876 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (70% daily value), Folate (52% dv), Magnesium (27% dv), Potassium (26% dv), Iron (24% dv), Vitamin C (17% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 16

October 20, 2016
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By: Bonnie Mullen Mynahan
I would use chicken broth rather than water and add chicken
September 09, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
The first time I made it, I added water and it did taste a little bland. However, the second time I added chicken stock and it added so much flavor to it! I also doubled the amount of vegetables called for and sauteed garlic with the onions. This has the potential to be a great meal if you aren't afraid to add a little of your own changes to it.
February 06, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Great Comfort Food I used chicken stock not water and tossed in a large ham hock. I also cooked it in a crockpot - so definitely didn't stick to the letter of the recipe but it came out amazing. I will absolutely make it again.
January 03, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
okay, don't be afraid to spice it up bland. Tastes good with lots of pepper though :) Also keep an eye and water as necessary Pros: healthy
December 15, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Awesome with changes To those who made this using water as the liquid, I agree it would have been very bland, which is why I used vegetable stock instead. I also added one tin cracked black pepper and roasted garlic stewed tomatoes. I added 3 cloves garlic plus pretty much doubled the oregano and I added parsley. I cook a lot so I could tell it would have been bland without the additions. With my additions, this is delicious! Next time I might add one diced sweet potato but I didn't have any. To get more protein, I ate this soup with a lentil pattie (no bun and no condiments - it doesn't need it) so this was a really enjoyable meal. Pros: Good amount of beans Cons: Water would have made this bland
March 19, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha) When I try a new recipe and it is not that good, I usually just toss it and forget about it, but this was the most awful I have ever tried and just had to make a comment. For those who liked it I am assuming they like food without any taste. Pros: Nothing about this recipe was good Cons: No taste, the worst recipe I have ever tried
February 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Tasteless I just finished making this soup and so sorry I did. What a waste. I keep trying to add seasoning to it to make it taste like something, nothing is working. I will probably just toss it out. It is so bad. Do not make this soup. Pros: None Cons: It' tasteless
September 19, 2011
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By: lindab
White Bean Soup I tried this recipie & It is very bland. The soup had no flavor. Won't be making this on a again
February 13, 2010
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By: dalidigger
A great white bean soup that remains familiar to me and our family. I boiled some water and soaked the beans for an hour for faster cooking.