Greek Bean Casserole (Fasolada)


Greek Bean Casserole (Fasolada)
Photograph ©Peter Broadbent

Papa G’s Greek Bean Casserole (Fasolada) is simply wonderful, full of taste, hearty and healthy too! It’s also vegan.

Made up of tomatoes, olive oil and dried beans: the proud harvest of many a country family in Greece, it’s perfect for all the family (my kids love it).

Some people actually consider Fasoladato be the national dish of Greece; it is certainly a staple diet in many homes as it’s economical and healthy. Why not try it, Papa G style?


500g dried haricot beans
2 litres water
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 stalks celery and celery tops, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced (optional)
2 ripe tomatoes, skinned and roughly chopped or 400g chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 handful fresh flat parsley, roughly chopped


Soak the beans overnight in cold water. Rinse them well and put them in a large saucepan with enough water to cover and boil for 10 minutes. Drain them and just cover again with hot water. Bring them once more to the boil and skim any foam from the surface with a spoon. Add all the other ingredients, except the lemon juice and simmer for about one and a half hours, until tender. Add more water if needed during cooking to make sure all the ingredients are just covered. Squeeze the lemon juice 5 minutes before taking it off the heat but don’t stir in.

Pour into soup bowls/ small dishes, garnish with chopped parsley on top and serve with crusty bread or koulourakia (sesame seed rings available at continental shops), olives or salted anchovies.

Recipe ©George Psarias.



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44 Responses

  1. Katrina

    I love making dishes like this. One pot meals are amazing and so tasty as well as easy aren’t they? I don’t know what I would do without my Le Creuset pots and pans. I’m going to give this dish a go this evening. Looks and sounds scrumptious. xxx

  2. Claire

    This looks so tasty… very tempted to do a pork version, with the leftover roast pork that’s sitting in my fridge

    • honestmum

      Thanks Michelle, lovely to have you-must admit a lot of recipes are made by my folk’s restaurants and we do the shoot so can’t take all the credit! Some of course are cooked at home!

  3. Mel

    This would make such a nice family meal for us! Even my allergy baby could have it… bonus! Thanks for sharing yet another lovely recipe. x Mel

  4. jenny

    Wow this picture and just the title has be salivating. That sounds amazing. Definitely one of my favorites of your recipes to bookmark and try. I think the whole family would love this. I could do with some right now for lunch. Yum! Thanks for hosting my lovely.

  5. Alison

    I love the look of this, I always wonder what to do with different sorts of beans but this looks lovely

  6. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    Linking up for the first time in #TastyTuesdays, I don’t write recipes but I often write about food specialities in my area of France. I hope this is OK. Your bean recipe sounds delicious, just the sort of hearty wholesome food I love to serve to my family mid week. I look forward to getting more inspiration from this linkup.

    • honestmum

      @Phoebe thanks so much for linking up your beautiful post, anything food related, recipes, restaurant reviews fine by me!

  7. mel @mydaysni

    My husband is not a vegetarian but he is partial to bean dishes. I think this would make a great family meal for us! #tastytuesdays

  8. Mummy Says

    My husband is vegetarian and I’m always on the lookout for bean dishes. This looks delicious- thank you – I’ll be giving it a go! X


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