Broad bean soup

Broad bean soup

30 mins
Cooking time
5 mins
Françoise Nicol

AD— Broad bean pods release a lot of water when you cut them, so it’s best to cut them with a large knife rather than chopping them in the food processor.

PN— Finocchiona is a Tuscan salami flavoured with fennel seeds. If you can’t find it, use 120 g of good sausage meat and mix with a spoonful of fennel seeds. Broad beans are full of B-group vitamins, which makes this soup an excellent source.


Quantity Ingredient
1kg small broad beans
large white onion
A splash olive oil
750ml Chicken stock
freshly ground black pepper
120g finocchiona
120g fresh goat’s cheese
4 sprigs savory


  1. Shell 1 kg of small broad beans suitable for eating whole in their pods, and keep the beans and pods separate.
  2. Pick out any very small beans (smaller than 1 cm) and put to one side.
  3. Wash the pods and chop them as finely as possible with a knife.
  4. Crush the larger broad beans. Peel and mince a large white onion.
  5. Heat a flameproof casserole dish with a splash of olive oil and sweat the onion for 2 minutes. Add the pods and cook them over a fairly high heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Then add the large broad beans and cook for just 1 minute.
  7. Blend, adding 750 ml of chicken stock gradually until the soup is smooth.
  8. Strain through a fine conical strainer, add salt and freshly ground black pepper, and put somewhere cold for at least 2 hours.
  9. Break up 120 g of Finocchiona and chop 120 g of fresh goat’s cheese into small pieces.
  10. Heat a frying pan (without any oil) and dry sauté the Finocchiona with 4 sprigs of savory for 1 minute. Add the reserved small broad beans, stir well and cook for just 1 minute.
  11. Remove the sprigs of savory and distribute the contents of the frying pan in soup bowls or serve in a tureen. Add the pieces of cheese. Pour the broad bean soup on top and serve.
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