Recipe Summary

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings

This recipe is...

  • low in fat
  • rich in veggies
  • rich in protein
  • lower in sodium
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Fresh Fava Bean Soup with Cilantro Cream

This recipe serves: 
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 large onion, chopped
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
about 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
4 cups shelled fava beans
1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons non-fat sour cream
Cooking Instructions
1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Add the celery and onion, season lightly with salt and pepper, and cook for 10 minutes.

2. Add the bay leaf, thyme and broth and bring to a boil quickly over high heat.

3. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender, about 15 minutes.

4. Remove and discard the outer shell of each fava bean and add the beans to the soup pot. Simmer until the beans are bright green and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

5. Blend the cilantro and sour cream together and set aside.

6. Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup in a blender. Strain and adjust the salt and pepper.

7. Serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of cilantro cream.

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 6

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 394
  • Carbohydrate
  • 64 g
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • Fiber
  • 26 g
  • Protein
  • 29 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 1 g
  • Sodium
  • 204 mg