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Active time
10 minutes
Total time
70 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1/4 of recipe

1 pound fresh fava beans or broad beans

4 ounces lean bacon, chopped 

1 sprig savory

8 cups water

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup toasted croutons, preferably whole grain


1. Place the fava beans, bacon, savory, and water in a large soup pot.

2. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low, and cook for 1 hour, or until the beans are al dente. 

3. Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve, or puree in a blender or with an immersion blender.

4. Serve the soup in four bowls, topping each with a pat of butter.

Recipe by K. Dun Gifford, from The Oldways Table. An iStock photo.


Calories: 330
Fat: 24g
Saturated Fat: 11g
Sodium: 300mg
Total Carb: 19g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Total Sugars: 0g
Protein: 11g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

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