Fasolatha (Greek Bean Soup)
The Fasolatha (bean soup) Festival, originated in Florina, Macedonia, Greece, and is now a major cultural event in many Greek communities across the world. In the Northern hemisphere, the religious festival is traditionally observed near the start of winter - on St. Nicholas Day (during his lifetime he was known for giving sustenance to the poor). Food is a major part of the festival. Apart from Fasolatha (bean soup), Olives, freshly baked Florinian Bread (Pogatsa) Gyros, Souvlaki, Kebabs are also served. Fasolatha is one of the heartiest dishes on the Greek vegetarian table, and a Lenten mainstay.
- 1 lb navy bean (or any other small dried white bean)
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped (leaves included)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup olive oil
Soak the beans in water over night.
Strain the water and place the beans in a pot with new water.
Bring to a boil, remove from heat; strain water.
Replace the beans, add the rest of the ingredients and enough water to cover all the ingredients and simmer covered for an hour.