Fasolia (Greek Style Beans)Feb 26 2011 by
Fasolia or Fasoulia is a very traditional Greek dish. I love it because it is so quick and easy to make and it has such great flavor. I have messed with tradition a little here by not cooking the beans in with the tomatoes and by adding feta cheese but I find I prefer it this way. If you want a more traditional dish just add the cooked beans in with the tomato mixture, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Anyway you make it will be delicious.
- 3 cups cooked dried fava beans (you can also used large white or even cannellini if you don’t like fava’s), Melissa’s brand has a shelled, steamed and ready to eat package of fava’s that are very good and a real time saver.
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water from cooked beans (if using Melissa’s the water in the package is sufficient)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced (your preference)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
- sea salt (to taste)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional garnish)
- Add the oil to a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, oregano, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
- While the onion is cooking, heat the cooked fava beans in a medium size pot with the vegetable stock or bean liquid, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
- Mash slightly with a fork or potato masher. Don’t over mash, you still want to have some bean texture.
- Add tomatoes to the onions. Stir to combine and then add the feta and heat just until the tomatoes are warmed and the cheese is soft.
- To serve, spoon the fava beans on a plate, top with the tomato mixture and garnish with parsley.
Makes 4 servings as a side dish or 2 as a main dish.
Serving size .
Nutrients per serving as a side: Calories: 172, Cal. from Fat: 100.5, Total Fat: 11.5g, Sat. Fat: 3.5g, Carbs: 12g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 6.5g, Sodium: 268mg, Chol: 16.5mg
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.