“Fasoulatha” Greek Bean Soup

“Fasoulatha” Greek Bean Soup

My mom’s side of the family is Greek which lucky for me means I’ve eaten a lot of Greek food in my lifetime. The smell of spanakopita (spinach pie) means its Christmas, biting into a gyro means I’m at my Greek church’s summer festival, and heating up Fasoulatha (bean soup) usually means its chilly outside.

I can’t take credit for this recipe. It has been passed down by the women in my family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have 🙂


1 bag Great Northern beans

3 quarts water

1 1/2 onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3-4 tbsp olive oil

8 oz can tomato sauce

1-2 bay leaves

1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp oregano

salt & pepper to taste



  1. Soak beans in water overnight, then discard the water.
  2. Saute onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add water, tomato sauce, beans, bay leaf, salt + pepper.
  4. Simmer 1 1/2 – 2 hours until beans are tender.
  5. Add parsley and oregano.
  6. Simmer 15 minutes.