Ancient Greek Recipes
and Greek Soup Recipes

Ancient Greek recipes are relatively simple and can be full of health benefits. 

Ancient Greek soup recipes such as Fasolada have been around since Ancient Greek times and some say is the National Dish of Greece.

Fasolada is simply made from beans, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, Greek spices, and Greek olive oil.  And learning how to cook beans properly will help to make this National Dish taste its best.

Other authentic Greek recipes such as Pasteli which is also a Greek aphrodisiac just use raw honey and sesame seeds.  And nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, or almonds can also be included.

Ancient Greek Recipes - Fasolada

Instructions:

Soak the dried beans overnight and then simmer for 1 to 3 hrs. (depends on the amount of beans) - drain off cooking water.

Chop the carrots, onions, garlic, and celery stalks in your food processor or by hand.

Then put the cooked beans and chopped vegetables in a large pot.  Then snip the parsley leaves with their stems into the pot.

Add in the tomato puree and enough filtered water to cover beans and vegetables (about 6 to 8 cups).

Drizzle a few tbsp. of olive oil.  Then stir in the seasoning and the spices.

Bring to a boil and then simmer (covered with a lid) for 30 minutes.  Serve!

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams (about 2 cups) Organic Dried Fava Beans
  • 5 Organic Carrots (peeled)
  • 2 Organic Onions (peeled & quartered)
  • 3 Organic Garlic Cloves (peeled)
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Organic Parsley (rinsed)
  • 4 Organic Celery Stalks (rinsed)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of Organic Tomato Puree
  • Organic Nutmeg and Ceylon Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ideas for Your Greek Soup Recipes aka Fasolada

Fasolada is a very economical vegetarian and vegan soup.  This bean soup is typically made with dry white beans, but sometimes lima beans are used instead.

Ancient Greek recipes like fasolada are also popular in countries like Turkey and Egypt.

Fasolada recipes vary considerably and you can add potatoes, hot peppers, whole tomatoes, and the different types of white beans to make your very own variation of this National Greek bean soup.

Just be sure you soak and cook your beans properly, it can make a very big difference!

How to Soak & Cook Beans

Soak beans for 6 to 8 hours or overnight with enough water to let beans expand - drain off soaking water.

Then use fresh water and enough to cover your beans by 2 to 3 inches.  Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer - cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (with lid ajar).

Also important: Some people like to get rid of the cooking water as it can also create gas problems.

Be sure to rinse the beans before soaking and discard any tiny stones that may be with your beans.

And purchase dried white beans that are not too old (the whiter the bean - the fresher) or they will take too long to cook. 

How to cook beans properly involves waiting till the very end before adding your salt or acids (tomatoes, lemon juice, etc.) to ensure that your beans will cook properly.

Ancient Greek Recipes - Pasteli

Ingredients:

  • 10.5 ounces of Homemade Tahini Paste
  • 10.5 ounces of Organic Raw Honey
  • Sesame Seeds

Optional Ingredients:

  • Nuts (pistachio, almond, walnuts, or hazelnuts)

Instructions:

Mix the raw honey and the homemade tahini paste together in a glass bowl.

You can also add in some of your favorite nuts if you so desire.

Then make small balls from the pasteli mixture and roll the balls into sesame seeds to coat.

Keep this Ancient Greek candy that's known for giving people many health benefits in your refrigerator.


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