Mexican Fava Bean Soup


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Soups and Stews

Soups and Stews

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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Sofrito—the classic aromatic mixture of tomato, onion, and garlic—is the secret to this soup. Here the sofrito is puréed and then fried to concentrate the depth of flavor, before the other ingredients are incorporated into the dish.


  • 2 cups dried fava beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripe toma


  1. Bring fava beans and 4 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine garlic, tomato, onion, salt, and pepper in a food processor and purée until smooth; set aside. Heat oil in another 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook the purée, stirrin