It is unusual that twice in the past month I have prepared a puréed soup, when I normally enjoy soup with a little substance. I think it has to do with the freshness of spring vegis and how just one main ingredient can carry the entire dish. Here it is fava beans. This soup is light and works great with other dishes, so it is a perfect starter soup for Spring.
Spicy Fava Bean Soup with Cilantro
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 leek, white and green parts only, chopped & washed
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 c fresh fava beans, washed (1-1 1/2 lbs)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/8 c cilantro leaves
2 c water
2 c vegetable broth
2 t salt
1 t red pepper flakes
olive oil, cilantro and red pepper flakes for garnish
Heat olive oil over medium-high in a large pot and add onion. Cook, stirring, 5 minutes, and add garlic. Stir 1 minute and add fava beans, tomato, cilantro, water, vegetable broth, salt and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes, until the beans are tender. With an immersion blender, purée the soup (can also be done with a blender in 2 batches). Season to taste with salt. Transfer to serving bowls and top with a drizzle of olive oil, slivered cilantro leaves and red pepper flakes.