Recipe Of The Day: Fasolada

Fasolada is a Greek traditional white bean soup that can either be as a tomato based stew or in its own flavour.

This is a recipe that the beans are cooked in its own flavour.

Fasolada copyright Photographer: Ioannis Selimas

Ingredients:

300g dried white beans (soaked in water for 8 hours)

2 medium sized carrots

A handful of fresh celery (the herb)

1 red apple

Salt

Pepper

1 vegetable cube stock

4 cups of water

2 Bay leaves

2 tbsp olive oil

Optional: Squeeze fresh lemon in the end and drizzle extra olive oil when serving.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Method:

Step.1: In a large pot, drizzle some olive oil and place it on a low-medium heat.

Step.2: Wash and chop the celery and carrot, then add it to the pot and let it saute for 7 minutes. Wash and drain the beans with cold water. Add them to the pot.

Step.3: Add the vegetable stock, 4 cups of water, the salt, pepper, apple, bay leaves and drizzled olive oil to the pot and stir. Make sure that the apple is in the middle. Cover with a lid and let it boil for 40 minutes, occasionally stirring.

Step.4: Once the apple has gone soft, take it out of the pot, as well as the bay leaves. Cover the pot with a lid and let it boil until the beans have softened.

Step.5: Once the stew is ready, take it off the heat and with a hand blender, blend it until it has formed a thick, yet chunky texture.

Tip: You can serve this stew with Feta cheese, pickled vegetables, tinned sardines or anchovies or bread.

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