Southern Italian Soup of Dried Favas, Potatoes, Cauliflower, And

Recipe by NurseJaney
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
YIELD: 10 cups




  • In large heavy-bottomed stockpot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, 7-9 minutes.
  • Add water and fava beans and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer til favas are nearly tender, about 1 hour.
  • Add potatoes and cook til nearly tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower and simmer til cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and let stand to cool 10 minutes.
  • Pour soup into blender or food processor, or use immersion blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Return soup to stockpot and reheat over medium heat.
  • Add more water to bring to desired consistency.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • In medium heavy skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 1 TBsp olive oil.
  • When oil is hot, add pasta and stir well (Pasta will brown quickly).
  • Fry stirring until pasta is is consistent light brown.
  • Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  • Ladle soup into warm bowls.
  • Dress with additional olive oil to taste, the fried pasta, and a generous dose of pepper, and serve.