Fasolada Bean Soup

This healing soup uses dry beans, but the extra time is so worth it.

Fasolada tastes like eating lunch in a Greek grandmother’s kitchen.

It’s fresh, hearty, and you can taste the love.

I hope you enjoy it.


  • 2 + 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sprig of fresh oregano, chopped
  • Pinch of paprika or smoked paprika
  • 3-4 carrots, minced
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste or 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 500g dry cannellini beans, soaked for at least 4 hours then boiled for 1 hour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups chopped greens (spinach, broccolini, kale, chard, whatever you like)
  • 1 cup baby shell pasta (gluten-free if desired)


Soak your beans overnight, then boil for 1 hour, rinse and drain.

In a large pot, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to start to soften it.

Next, add the garlic, oregano and paprika, followed by celery and carrots. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.

Mix in the tomato and continue stirring and cooking for another minute.

Add the pre-boiled beans, and pour in enough water to generously cover the beans. Cover the pot, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer the fasolada for about 35 minutes, until the beans are tender but not mushy.

Towards the end of the cooking time, season with salt and pepper and add in the chopped greens, pasta, and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Boil for a few more minutes, until the soup becomes thick and creamy and the pasta is cooked.

Enjoy your fasolada piping hot and feel the love!


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Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

One response to “Fasolada Bean Soup”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    So healing and yummy!

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