Fool Nabed - Fava Bean Soup (Egyptian)

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Nana Lee

From Saad Fayed, Fool nabed is an Egyptian soup made from fava beans. It is warm and filling. Serve alone or as an appetizer. Times do not include overnight soaking of favas.

Top Review by zaar junkie

I used the pressure cooker for this recipe, cooking the beans for 5 minutes with a natural release. Easy and quick to put together the only hassle was peeling all the beans. As is, the soup is very bland, but with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper and seasoning salt, is very tasty. My bf loved this soup! Thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak fava beans overnight.
  2. Drain fava beans and save water.
  3. Peel the skins from the fava beans and place the beans in large saucepan.
  4. Measure 6 cups of soaking water and add to the fava beans.
  5. Bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 45 minutes, or until beans are soft.
  7. Once beans are tender, remove beans from heat and puree in a blender.
  8. Return pureed fava beans to saucepan and bring to a boil.
  9. Add water if needed.
  10. Stir in cumin, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and bring to a second boil.
  11. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle parsley on top.

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