Fasolada

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Fasolada

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Ingredients

8 oz dried navy can be replaced with cannellini beans
6 cups fresh water
1 sm red onion chopped
2 med celery stalks with their leaves. Thickly slices.
2 med Carrots thickly sliced
2 med garlic cloves minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
2 large leaves Bay Leaves
1 cup and 1/2 tomato passata like Pomi (or thick crushed tomatoes)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 med yukon gold potato cubed
1/2 tsp dried Greek oregano
3/4-1 tsp Sea Salt
freshly ground pepper
red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil
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Fasolada is a traditional Greek soup that is a staple comfort food for many. The recipe consists of beans, crushed tomatoes, carrots, celery, and onion making it a nutrient powerhouse and also incredibly easy to make. It’s often flavored with bay leaves, parsley, and thymeFasolada is sometimes referred to as ‘Greece’s National Dish,’ as it is served year round. It makes for an excellent starter to any meal, or a big bowl with crusty bread makes for a hearty, healthy winter meal.

Directions:

1. Pick over and rinse the beans, discard malformed or stone-like ones. Soak the beans for at least 8 hours or overnight .

2. The next morning, drain and rinse the beans. Place them in a large pot with just enough fresh water to cover them. Bring to a boil. You will notice that white foam will rise to the surface of the water. Remove it with a spoon and then drain the beans in a colander.

3. Place the beans back in the pot with the six cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

4. While the beans cook, prep the vegetables.

5. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, cup of olive oil and bay leaves to the pot. Simmer, partially covered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Next, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, potato and the seasoning. Cover the pot partially and continue simmering for about 30 minutes more, or, until the beans are very tender and the soup is thick and creamy. Check to see if a little more liquid is needed, and if it does add a little warm water. The consistency of the soup should be thick.

6. Just before removing from the heat, discard the bay leaves and stir in the vinegar and the remaining cup of olive oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

7. Serve hot with some hearty bread, seasoned olives and Greek Feta cheese.

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