Ancient Bean Soup - (Fasolada)

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 1 hr 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Don't be put off by the metric measures, just use the Zaar converter. Soaking the beans is not included in the timing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the beans in water over night.
  2. Then boil them with a bay leaf, in water just to cover for 5 minutes.
  3. Take the pot off the heat and cover for 1 hour.
  4. Pour the beans and bay leaf into the beef broth and slowly boil for 2 hours. Saute the onion in the lard and then add the parsley, the coriander, the salt and pepper.
  5. Add this to the beans.
  6. Add the honey and allow to boil slowly for a few more minutes.
  7. Before serving, add the garlic cloves that have been passed through a garlic press and mixed with the oil.
Most Helpful

This is easy to make. You do need to keep checking the water level, so the the beans do not boil dry and burn. I enjoyed the hint of sweetness from the honey. You'll be surprised how much flavor this soup has. So don't forget that bay leaf as it really adds to this soup. Made for team Soup-A-Stars during ZWT9 2013

Charlotte J July 24, 2013

Made as directed. This takes a while, but it's easy as it mostly does its own thing for hours! :) At the end, great flavors emerge! I probably added about another 1-2 cups of water while cooking so that the beans didn't dry out. Thanks, Annacia! Made for Photo Tag.

mersaydees January 25, 2009