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  • 2 cups dried split fava beans - (10 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups anelletti (or other small macaroni)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 can plum tomatoes - (16 oz) diced, and juice reserved
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Freshly-grated Pecorino Romano cheese for sprinkling


Servings 8


Step 1

Put the fava beans in a large pot, add 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Cook the beans, covered, for 12 minutes. Add the anelletti and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until the macaroni is al dente and the beans are tender but not mushy. Drain well.

While the beans and macaroni are cooking, heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and parsley, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until the onions are wilted. Add the tomatoes, the reserved juice, and the beef stock, bring to a simmer, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the salt.

Stir the fava beans and macaroni into the soup. Add the peas and cook for 3 to 5 minutes longer. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the cheese.

Note: The longer this soup sits, the thicker it gets. If you prefer, thin it with a little water or additional stock.

This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

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