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Fava Bean and Chicory Soup


A very elegant slightly bitter tasting soup coming from southern Italy. May be an appetizer or an entree, it depends on quantity

  • 1 small onion, cubed or thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of dry fava beans halved and without skin (I find them always ready to use)
  • broth or broth substitute
  • 4 large cups of chicory greens (endive or radicchio can be a substitution)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • carrots, optional
  • celery, optional
  • tamari, optional
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese, optional
How to make it:
  1. Put in a deep pan the vegetables, the broth (or water plus broth substitute) and the beans so that the beans are covered by least two inch of broth.
  2. Cook at low heat for 45-50 minutes watching the liquid.
  3. After 30 minutes add the chicory greens washed and cut in small pieces.
  4. It may be drizzled with a little tamari or Parmesan or Romano cheese.
  5. Serves three as a main dish with compliant bread, rice crackers or focaccia or five as an entree.