White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha)

November/December 1990, EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)

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

"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. "
White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha)

Makes: 8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

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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


  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. Sauté onions, celery and carrots for 3 to 5 minutes. Add water, the cooked beans, tomatoes, oregano, salt, cayenne and pepper. Simmer vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.


Per serving: 258 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 14 g protein; 11 g fiber; 326 mg sodium; 1286 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (70% daily value), Folate (61% dv), Potassium (37% dv), Iron (35% dv), Magnesium (30% dv), Vitamin C & Calcium (17% dv), Zinc (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 very lean meat, 1 fat

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