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Shared by Ron and Leetal Arazi

Fava Bean Soup With Harissa

Yield: 6 to 8 servingsTime: 45 min

Fava Bean Soup With Harissa

Yield: 6 to 8 servingsTime: 45 min

Family Journey

Mogador, MoroccoBe'er Sheva, Israel
Brooklyn, NY

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This recipe was shared by Ron and Leetal Arazi. Read more about their family in "Sukkah Dining: Moroccan Fava Bean Soup with Harissa." 


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 3 cups (18 ounces) dried split fava beans, rinsed
  • 7 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
Soups & StewsSukkotGluten FreeVegetarianVeganPareveNorth Africa


  • Step 1

    Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or other large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the turmeric and 2 tablespoons of the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the fava beans and water and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, until the beans are completely tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the harissa, canola oil, lemon juice, the remaining 3 tablespoons garlic, and 2 teaspoons salt; set aside.

  • Step 3

    Transfer the beans and the cooking liquid to a blender, add 1 tablespoon salt, and puree the soup until smooth; you may need to do this in batches.

  • Step 4

    Return the soup to the pot, taste, and add more salt, if you like.

  • Step 5

    Serve the soup in individual bowls, garnishing each one with a spoonful of the harissa topping. To make ahead, store the soup and the harissa topping separately in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheat the soup before serving.