Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

jani me fasule (albanian bean soup)

Recipe by
Lori L (JostLori)
San Diego

A traditional white bean soup that is usually served with a salad and a loaf of crusty bread. This is an adaptation of a recipe found in an Albanian cookbook given to me by friends in Tirana and suggestions from same friends. TIME DOES NOT INCLUDE OVERNIGHT BEAN SOAKING

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For jani me fasule (albanian bean soup)

  • 1 c
    dried white beans
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 2
    carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalk
    celery (with leaves), chopped
  • 2
    tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2
    bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 5 c
    boiling chicken broth or water
  • 1/2
    lemon, juice of
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh mint, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley, minced

How To Make jani me fasule (albanian bean soup)

  • 1
    Soak the dried bean in water overnight.
  • 2
    Drain the beans, rinse, and boil in plenty of water for 15 minutes, covered. Drain again and discard the water.
  • 3
    Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Sweat the onions and garlic over low heat, then add all the other ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice, mint and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and cook at high heat for 3 minutes.
  • 4
    Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until beans are tender (about an hour). Add more broth/water if necessary.
  • 5
    Serve hot with lemon juice, mint and parsley. Drizzle a bit of good quality olive oil, if desired. A good crusty bread is excellent with this soup.