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Fava Bean and Chickpea Soup from Andalusia

Dried beans are popular everywhere in the Mediterranean. They also have a flavor a tad different than the fresh bean, which means they are ideal in earthy and deeply flavorful soups such as this one from Granada in Andalusia in southern Spain called potaje de habas secas, which means in Spanish, very simply, dried bean soup. Although this is an easy soup to make there is some long simmering involved to extract all that wonderful flavor that makes the soup so rich and delicious. To get that rich taste you will need to use the pork parts listed in the ingredient list, although you don’t eat them. You can save the spinach stems for Spinach Stem Soup of the Turkish Jews (page 93 of Best Soups in the World).
  Dried fava beans 1⁄2 Pound, soaked in water to cover for at least 6 hours, drained (1 Cup)
  Dried chickpeas 1⁄4 Pound, soaked in water to cover for at least 6 hours, drained (1/2 Cup)
  Onions 2 (1 Small And Halved, 1 Medium And Cut Into 1-Inch Squares)
  Carrot 1 , peeled, halved (1/2 In One Piece, 1/2 Chopped)
  Bay leaves 2
  Salt 1 Tablespoon (And More To Taste)
  Extra virgin olive oil 6 Tablespoon
  Garlic cloves 8 Large, finely chopped
  Bacon slab 3 Ounce, diced
  Sweet paprika 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dried thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ham hock 1 , smoked
  Pigs foot 1
  Beef broth 12 Cup (192 tbs)
  Linguica sausage/Mild italian sausage/fresh polish kielbasa 6 Ounce, casing removed and meat crumbled (Spanish Or Portuguese-Style, 1 Link)
  Spinach 1 Pound, heavy stems removed, washed well, ripped into smaller pieces
  Saffron threads 1 Pinch, crumbled
  Ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon (And More To Taste)
  Hard-boiled eggs 4 Large, shelled and halved
  Bread slices 1⁄2 Pound, toasted and lightly smeared with olive oil (French Or Italian Country, 8 Pieces)

1. Place the fava beans, chickpeas, small halved onion, whole carrot half, and 1 bay leaf in a large pot and cover with cold water by 4 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium, season with 1 tablespoon salt, and cook until tender, about 1 1/4 hours. Don’t worry if the fava beans begin to split apart. Drain the fava beans and set aside. Discard the onion, carrot, and bay leaf.
2. In a large flameproof casserole or pot, heat 5 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, then cook, stirring occasionally, the cut-up medium onion, chopped carrot half, garlic, and diced bacon until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, cumin, thyme, and remaining bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the ham hock, pig’s ear, and pig’s foot, then pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the meat is falling off the bone, about 3 hours. Remove the ham hock, ear, and foot. Remove any edible meat from the ham hock, cut into small pieces, and return it to the soup. Discard the remaining ham hock, ear, and foot.
3. In a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat, then cook the sausage, breaking the meat up further with a wooden spoon, until brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage, using a slotted spoon to leave the fat behind, to the soup and add the spinach, reserved fava beans, and saffron and season the broth with more salt, if needed and pepper. Continue to simmer the broth for another 15 minutes. Serve with the hard-boiled eggs and bread slices as a garnish.

Image and Recipe © Clifford A. Wright

This recipe is excerpted from the book Best Soups In The World by Clifford A. Wright.For more information or to purchase the book, please visit CliffordAWright.Com

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 831 Calories from Fat 450

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 50 g76.5%

Saturated Fat 11.3 g56.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 195.5 mg65.2%

Sodium 2459.7 mg102.5%

Total Carbohydrates 53 g17.7%

Dietary Fiber 12.7 g50.8%

Sugars 7.2 g

Protein 45 g89.5%

Vitamin A 140% Vitamin C 36.3%

Calcium 20.1% Iron 38.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Fava Bean And Chickpea Soup From Andalusia Recipe