Fava Bean Soup is a much beloved Moroccan classic, called Bessara. Fava Bean Soup soup costs pennies, and tastes like a million bucks. I make it in summer too, and served it iced (see variation below). Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free too!
You might choose to serve fava bean soup not as a soup but as a side dish. In this case, proceed just as instructed, using only 6-8 water.
There is no substitute for the funky and incredibly flavorful fava beans. You will find them in Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern Grocery stores, or simply go online: well worth looking for. You will love them, so get a nice supply and store them in glass jars. Get only peeled fava beans.
Don’t get it into your head to peel the fava beans, which would be pure slavery: Buy them peeled!
- 4 cups peeled dry fava beans
- 3 quarts (12 cups) water
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt to taste
- 8 large cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Bring the beans, water, oil, salt and garlic to boil in a wide bottom pot. Reduce the flame to medium and cook, covered, for 2 hours. Whisk the paprika, cayenne, cumin, lemon juice and a little water in a bowl to make sure you have no spice lumps, and throw the mixture in the pot. Cook 15 more minutes. You will find that the beans have almost completely dissolved all by themselves, but just in case you want a more elegant presentation, cream the soup with an immersion blender. Adjust the texture and seasonings.
Variation: Cold fava bean soup: GF Stir in a 15-ounce can coconut milk in the chilled soup, and serve cold.