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Greek white bean soup
#Vegetarian #Vegan #GlutenFree 

This is the epitome of the Greek winter dish. It is the food of the poor, since its ingredients are cheap and humble, but the result is yummy and nutritious. Serve it hot with fresh bread, olives, ‘taramosalata’ (fish roe salad), feta cheese or any other goat cheese.  If you feel brave, you can also serve it with a raw sliced onion on the side!


-       1 pound dry white beans
-       3 carrots, diced
-       2 white onions, chopped
-       2 celery stalks, chopped
-       2 tbsp. tomato paste
-       1 tsp. pepperoncino (optional)
-       ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
-       salt & freshly ground pepper   

Preparation Method

1. Boil the beans in a pot with plenty of water for about 30-40minutes
2. Strain the beans
3. Chop the vegetables and use 2-3 tbsp. of the olive oil to sauté the onions, celery and carrots for 3 minutes
4. Add the tomato paste and scrape the pot for the flavors to mix well
5. Add the beans and boiling water to cover all ingredients
6. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes
7. Season at the end, and add the pepperoncino (if using)
8. Finish with the olive oil and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes. 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 90 minutes
Serves: 5

(Illustration by minifrenchie)