Recession Food: Recipe Bonanza, and Greek Bean Soup

Check out Shapely Prose for a great collection of readers’ favorite low-cost recipes for hard times.

This soup recipe from commenter Lisa sounds particularly tasty.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to whip up a pot this week in honor of Greece, where people know how to register their anger with failed economic policies.

Fasolatha (Greek bean soup)

3 Medium Carrots Sliced
3 Celery ribs Chopped
1 lb Navy Beans, soaked overnight
1 Cup Olive Oil
3 cups water
1 Medium Onion Chopped
1 Pinch Pepper To taste
1 Pinch Salt To taste
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 Cup Diced Tomatoes
Directions:

* Soak the beans in water overnight.
* Strain the water and place the beans in a pot with new water.
* Boil for 2 minutes; strain. Repeat once more. This prevents the beans from causing gas.
* After boiling and straining the 2nd time, return beans to pot, add 3 cups water, and simmer.
*While the beans simmer, saute carrots, celery, and onion in a small amount of olive oil until onions are translucent. Add to beans, stir and continue to simmer until beans are tender, approx. 1 hour.
*Once beans are cooked, add tomatoes and olive oil. Simmer again. Add seasonings to taste.

At this point, the soup is ready. I often puree about 1/3 of the soup for a thicker consistency. This is an old Greek recipe; inexpensive, healthy, and very tasty.

I’m guessing you could probably used canned beans in a pinch.  This is vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free, and could easily be vegan if you use vegetable stock.

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4 Responses to “Recession Food: Recipe Bonanza, and Greek Bean Soup”

  1. The Gluten Free Diet vs. The Budget | Gluten Free: The Celiac Site Says:

    [...] here for recipes for Greek Bean Soup, or Pepperoni and Three Cheese [...]

  2. Ben Courtice Says:

    revolutionary socialist culinary blogging…
    I put a few up on my blog as well, when I’m not blogging eco-socialism. Here’s one with beans — gluten free, vegetarian (dairy free if you skip the feta cheese!).
    Solidarity!

  3. carlaspacher Says:

    Ah beans (with rice) is one of my favorites, even when recession has not striked. Reading your recipe reminded me of a recipe my mom used to make. Ah, how I miss her. She used to use a little tomato sauce, “for color” she used to used to say.

    Great blog! I hope everything worked out well with you new little one!


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