Fasolada or fasoulada (φασολάδα or φασουλάδα, sometimes
written fassolada or fassoulada) is a Greek soup of dry white beans, olive oil,
and vegetables, sometimes called the "national food of the Greeks".
(Greek bean stew).
The Middle-Eastern version is called fasoulia. The term is used for various
white bean dishes in Egypt and the Levant, as well as in
Turkey and Cyprus.
The soup is similar to tomato soup; it is made by boiling tomato sauce with
water, beans, and vegetables. Ingredients vary, but may include carrots,
tomatoes, onion, parsley, celery, and bay leaf; lima beans are sometimes also
used. The vegetables are mixed in and brought to the boil gradually. Each region
has its own recipe.