Egyptian Bean Soup ( Ful Nabed )

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Quick and easy to make with a nice zippy flavor. Very nice with some warmed flatbread and hummus.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté chopped onion in olive oil until almost tender.
  2. Add carrots, garlic and cumin, cooking briefly.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, broth, paprika, cayenne, bay leaves, salt and pepper, stirring to mix.
  4. Cook over medium heat until carrots are tender.
  5. Mix parsley, lemon juice, and fava beans into soup and heat gently.
  6. Serve garnished with fresh mint, if desired.


Most Helpful

Very nice soup. Some of you might flip out, but I happened to have a smoked turkey thigh simmering in ham bouillon, and I used that for the stock...thankfully, it made for a very nice soup, instead of the disaster that it could have been...LOL

It is a soup that just cries for flatbread (so spaketh the bread addict). A teaspoon of curry powder might be nice...I'll try that next time. And bottled lemon juice works just fine, although I used a bit more than the recipe called for.

Sage0925 August 03, 2011

For all the subs I had to make in this recipe, it turned out very well. I used 2 tsps dried parsley, 3/4 tsp ground cumin, chicken bouillon granules plus water, not sure if my paprika was the sweet kind or not, jarred lemon juice, frozen baby lima beans, and 1 1/2 tsp jarred, minced garlic. I chose to use 1/4 tsp cayenne. I garnished with a pinch of dried mint in each bowl. The flavor was great and though I dislike limas, I really liked them in this soup. Bf said the soup was OK, but was very disappointed there was no meat, though he thought the flavor and amount of spicyness was really good. I thought the flavors came together really well and had a nice spice to it. We both had 2 servings. Bf suggests that I try making this again with ground pork. Although it would substantially change the recipe, I might do that. Aside from my subs, I followed the rest of the recipe as stated, and would make it that way again. I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it exactly to keep the recipe authentic, but I enjoyed this and will be having leftovers for tomorrow's lunch. Thank you so much for sharing, Sue. :) Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

blancpage March 11, 2009

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