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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rania Harris, of Rania’s Catering, is devoting all of January to warm soups and stew recipes to keep you warm during the winter months.

Fassoulada (White Bean Soup)

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  • 2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • Two 3-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary


  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces lean ham – chopped
  • 2 large onions – diced
  • 1/2 cup minced Italian parsley
  • 1 large garlic clove – minced
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 – 16-oz cans crushed tomatoes with their liquid
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups water


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The night before, place the beans in a pot and add enough cold water to cover them by three inches. Allow the beans to soak overnight.

Drain the beans and turn them back into a 5-quart pot. Sprinkle with sage and rosemary. Add enough water to cover by about 3-inches. Cover and bring to a boil – lower heat to a simmer and cook the beans for 1 hour. Drain the beans and return them to the pot.

Meanwhile – make the sauce. Heat the oil with the ham in a heavy 4-quart pot. Add the onions and parsley. Sauté the onions until golden. Blend in the garlic, basil and tomato paste. Add the tomatoes and cook the sauce for 5 minutes – uncovered. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato sauce along with the 3 cups of water to the beans. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Partially cover and cook the bean/tomato mixture for about 1 hour or until the beans are very tender and have the consistency of a very thick soup. Stir often to check for sticking.

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Serves: 6