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

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (7 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Type AB (2 beneficials)
  • Type B (2 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (3 beneficials)
  • Type O (3 beneficials)
  • Soups and Broths
  • 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.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Onion (Red/Spanish/Yellow/Whit...1 ,2 B B N N N B B B
Fava (Broad) Bean  B N A N N N N A
Olive Oil1 ,2 B B B B B B B B

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Condiment Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Tamari (wheat-free)3 B N N N N N N A

Dairy Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Parmesan Cheese2 A A A A N A A A

Vegetable Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Endive1 N N N N N N N N
Celery/ Celery Juice2 ,3 B N B B N N N N
Radicchio- N N N N N N N N
Carrot2 ,3 B N N N B B N B
Chicory1 B B N N N N B B

[1] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Sep 29, 2007 at 10:13 AM By: Father Tiresias
    • Revised Oct 18, 2007 at 11:19 AM By: Don