White Bean Soup

(this is Greece’s national dish)

1/2 kg white beans
2 carrots
3-4 stems celery with leaves
1 onion chopped
1 small can tomato or 3-4 fresh tomato’s
1 cup oil (optional)
salt, pepper

Soak beans overnight.
Change the water and boil for 5 minutes and then drain the water. Use about 10 cups fresh water add the beans and simmer over medium heat until soft. Add rest of ingredients, after chopping up all the veggies. Add more water if required and simmer until cooked.
Add the oil salt and pepper at the end just before you turn off the heat.

My mum adds greens to this soup which is delicious……..but don’t know what it is…..spinach would be ok and can add chilli flakes to make it spicier.

This soup is very common in our family and is eaten by me with crusty bread torn up and soaked in the soup………
accompanied with raw onion, sardines or anchovies raw chilli and olives of course.
Also any pickled vegetable that might be going………Greeks are big on salt pickled vegetables and usually have a jar of them in stoneware pot.

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