Fava Bean Soup


  • 1 Tbspn of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 1/2 cups of homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 2 cups of fresh green beans cut into pieces
  • 2 cups of fresh asparagus (tough ends trimmed), spears cut diagonally into one inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • fresh parmesan cheese for garnish


Place olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and carrots; sauté until vegetables are tender but not brown, about 8 minutes. Add stock and bring to boil. Add fava beans and green beans and simmer until almost tender, about 8 minutes. Add asparagus and fresh basil and simmer until all vegetables are very tender, about 7 minutes longer. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese if desired. Serves 4.

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