Fasolada





Fasolada is a healthy bean soup with a Cretan flavour, and is one of the most popular soups on Crete. The soup is usually quite rich, and eaten with bread, a full meal in itself.

The recipe is simple: take dried white beans (which you can get in every supermarket on Crete for less than a Euro). You then cook them for ages (three hours at least), after which you add olive oil, small pieces of carrots and onions and, if you want, some celery or parsley. After that the soup is cooked for another hour. After four hours the soup is finally ready to eat. You can keep the soup for some days in the fridge – generally the soup gets tastier as time passes.

One of the reasons that Crete has such a good reputation as one of the world’s healthiest cuisines is its frequent use of legumes. Fasolada is a meal which is pretty close to optimal nutrition, not least because of its high vegetable protein content.

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