Fasulye | Turkish White Bean Stew Recipe

August 17, 2018
Turkish Food Fasulya

Turkish Food Fasulye

If you have been to Turkey or Greece you would have definitely seen this dish on the menu in most traditional Turkish or Greek restaurants. Fasulye (Turkish) or Fasolada (Greek) is a dish made of white beans with vegetables in a stew or soup like, tomato sauce. This dish is delicious and so easy to make, packed full of vitamins and nutrients, this healthy dish is definitely a recipe to keep on hand for family dinners.

Fasulye is another childhood favourite of mine and one that my mother would make a lot for us anytime of the year. It can be enjoyed as a main meal with a side of rice and salad during the summer months or in a bowl, as it has a soup like consistency, can be enjoyed with a side of fresh bread like Turkish Cörek. This is a meal I tend to just throw together without measuring or weighing the ingredients as I do tend to amend the ingredients deepening on my mood and the weather. So what I have done with his recipe is to write out a basic way to create this meal, keeping it simple and easy to achieve a delicious and healthy meal.

I have kept this recipe vegan and vegetarian friendly but if you like your meat you can add boiled chicken – wings and thighs are the best parts of this meat to use, as they stay moist and soft during all stages of the cooking process. You can also add other vegetables like peppers and courgettes to make it even healthier and its a great way to include more vegetables in your diet.

If you haven’t already, I have some delicious and easy to make turkish and healthy recipes here if you want some more healthy food or Mediterranean-inspired recipes.

Fasulye Recipe - Ingredients

Fasulye Steps for Cooking

Fussily Turkish White Bean Stew Simmering

Fasulye - Turkish White Bean Stew Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Kuru Fasulye - Turkish White Bean Stew

A delicious and healthy meal that is easy to make - perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword Fasulye
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Beauty Baking Bella


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Celery Sticks, chopped
  • 800 g Canned Cannellini Beans, drained
  • 400 g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 600 ml Water
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced - to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful Chopped Fresh Parley


  1. In a large and deep saucepan or casserole dish, over a medium heat add the olive oil

  2. Add the onions and soften for a couple of minutes

  3. Add the carrots and celery and lightly fry until soft

  4. Drain the water from the canned beans and add to the saucepan, add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes, combine well

  5. Using the tomato can to measure, add the water (one and a half cans of water is roughly 600ml)

  6. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes with the lid only half way covering the top to allow the steam to escape 

  7. Halfway through add the lemon juice to taste (you may not want all the lemon juice, taste the sauce to see how much you want)

  8.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to simmer 

  9. Once the 30 minutes is up, stir and leave uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the tomato sauce has started to thicken and become a soup like texture

  10. Sprinkle over the chopped fresh parsley before serving 

  11. Serve in a bowl with fresh bread or with a side of rice, salad and Turkish or Greek Yoghurt

Fasulye - Turkish White Bean Stew Recipe

Why not try my Homemade Cacik-Turkish Cucumber and Garlic Yoghurt recipe as a side for this comforting and tasty meal.

I hope you like this recipe and don’t forget to share your photos if you make it and tag me @pinarrawlinsx on Instagram or @pinarrawlins on Twitter and let me know what you think!

Pinar xo

5 responses to “Fasulye | Turkish White Bean Stew Recipe”

  1. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    Great recipes. Great blog!!!

  2. Sheila Childs says:

    5 stars
    Thanks Pinar

    Easy, uncomplicated recipe.

    Perfect result – just how I like it at home on the Ege with my Turkish family.

    Do you, by any chance, have a recipe, please, for Cerkez tavuk?

    Thanks again

  3. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, easy to prepare, good for lunch or dinner, love it! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I used a tin of baked beans, celery, good dose of passata, thinly sliced garlic, 3 small slices of cooked lamb finely chopped, squirt of lemon juice and a couple of tea spoons of Rajah Lamb seasoning. Must not forget the olive oil, pepper and salt and hot chilli flakes. Will certainly make this again.

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