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Jani Me Fasule – Albanian White Bean Soup

06/10/2015 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

A bowl full of Albanian comfort food, this one pot Jani Me Fasule (Albanian White Bean Soup) packs a huge flavour punch from a ridiculously small ingredients list. Perfect for a Sunday lunch with friends, this light yet filling meal can also be frozen for a delicious mid-week meal in minutes.

Fasule Bean Soup - a light yet filling lunch or dinner that tastes even better the next day.

Albania is not the easiest country in the world to get to, but once you’re there it’s completely worth the effort. Spend a day wandering the streets of Tirana, Albania’s capital, and you’ll discover a contrasting city full of cosy restaurants and coffee shops packed full of people, tucked away within the communist-era buildings.

The contrasts are not just skin deep. Delve into Albanian cuisine and you’ll find hints of flavour from across the Mediterranean; Italian spices such as oregano blend almost seamlessly with black pepper and paprika from Turkey.

There’s so much flavour, it’s unbelievable how simple it is to prepare traditional Albanian cuisine such as this rich and hearty Jani Me Fasule recipe – aka Albanian White Bean Soup.

Gleefully escaping the summer’s heat into our host Eriona’s cool apartment we thought the last thing we could possibly eat would be soup. One mouthful was enough to tell us just how wrong we were!

This one-pot Albanian Jani Me Fasule recipe is a beloved family favourite handed down through the generations, and interestingly, it’s their go-to Monday-night recipe.

We think that’s because it couldn’t be easier to make.

Pop all the ingredients in a slow cooker, cook for an hour then let it rest until the next day to allow all that flavour to soak through the beans. When you’re ready to eat, pop it back on the stove and season to taste with salt, black pepper, paprika and oregano.

This is real Albanian comfort food, so versatile it’s perfect for a cool winter’s night or even a hot summer’s day.


Quick Tip: Don’t have fresh oregano? Try this tip to refresh your dried herbs before cooking. Simply heat them up in a dry frypan for a few minutes over a medium heat, but don’t allow them to burn! You’ll start to smell the difference almost immediately, as your once cold and stale dried herbs come to life with a little heat and start to release their pent up fragrance.

White bean soup in a white bowl next to a fork.

Jani Me Fasule - Albanian White Bean Soup

A bowl full of Albanian comfort food, this one pot Jani Me Fasule recipe packs a flavour punch from a ridiculously small ingredients list.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Albanian
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Wandercooks


Next Day

  • 1-2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker over a low to medium heat and sautee onions and peppers until translucent and soft.
  • Add the passata, drained white beans, 1.5L water and the beef stock.
  • Seal the pressure cooker and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest overnight (does not need to be refrigerated)

Next Day

  • Bring the soup to the boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the paprika, oregano and salt and pepper to your taste and stir.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread.


If using dried white beans, wash first and soak overnight to soften. Rinse and continue with above recipe.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 865mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2150IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg
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  • Reply
    03/02/2020 at 4:38 am

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I had this delightful dish in Kosovo and had no idea how easy it was to make. This is a true Albanian comfort food for a cold night!

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:05 pm

      Agreed, it’s amazing how simple the dish is for the amount of flavour it carries. So glad it could remind you of your time in Kosovo. 😀

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