Bean soup

Bean soup

Kuru fasulye

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Eat Istanbul
Serves
6-8
Photographer
David Loftus

There’s a great bean soup restaurant chain called Fasuli Lokantaları with branches across the city. I like to have a bowl at their branch in Tophane if I’m visiting the nearby Museum of Modern Art or catching a ferry from Kabatas. If you want a vegetarian version of this popular soup, simply omit the lamb from the cooking process.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g dried haricot beans
60g unsalted butter
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 fresh bay leaves
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed and roughly chopped
250g lamb neck, shoulder or leg, trimmed of fat and chopped into 5-cm cubes
2 tablespoons concentrated tomato puree
350g tomato passata
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put the beans in a bowl, cover with cold water and soak overnight. The next day, drain them in a colander. Put them in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 1–1½ hours. Skim off any froth that forms on the surface with a slotted spoon.
  2. Heat the butter and half the olive oil in another large saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, oregano, bay leaves and carrot until softened or for about 5 minutes. Add the lamb and cook, stirring, until browned. Add the tomato purée, passata, and remaining olive oil. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for a few minutes.
  3. When the beans are cooked, drain them in a colander and add them to the saucepan with the other ingredients. Add enough cold water to just cover the mixture and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour or until the beans are tender. Add a little more water if the soup is too thick.
Tags:
Istanbul
Turkey
Turkish food
Middle Eastern
Andy Harris
David Loftus
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