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February 13, 2014

Crème of Fava Soup with Cumin, Mint & Preserved Lemon. {Recipe}

peggy markel

Crème of Fava Soup with Cumin, Mint and a note of Preserved Lemon:

2 cups fava beans

2 shallots, sliced thinly

1 small fennel bulb, sliced thinly

3 T yogurt

1/2 tsp cumin

1 lemon

1/4 preserved lemon (optional)

salt to taste

mint for garnish

extra virgin olive oil

Shell fava beans and drop them into boiling water for 1 minute. Peel outside layer off. Set aside.

In a medium sized soup pot add 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and sweat shallots and fennel until transparent.

Add peeled fava beans and toss into the pot. Saute for a few minutes. Add a few pinches of salt. Cover the vegetables with water and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Blend with a ‘hand wand’ or put in a blender. It should have a creamy consistency. Adjust with a little water if you need more liquid, or continue to simmer if your soup is too thin.

Add yogurt, cumin, salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. These flavors should balance nicely. Add a pinch more salt if it’s too tart. At this point, serve the soup hot, with a garnish of preserved lemon (lemon preserved in salt) and mint (use a whole leaf or fine chop, it’s up to you). Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

This soup is delicious chilled.

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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photo: Peggy Markel

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