Cream of fava bean soup

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Fresh fava beans
1 medium Potato, peeled cut into eighths
2⅔ cup Chicken stock
2 ounces Pancetta or bacon finely minced
1 \N Thin leek, white only
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1 medium Garlic clove(s), minced
½ cup Light cream
\N \N Salt and pepper to taste
3 dashes (to 4) Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Chervil or parsley coarsely chopped

Shell the fava beans. Put them into a 3-qt. saucepan along with the potatoes and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer gently until beans and potatoes are very soft, about 30 minutes. Put the beans, potatoes and stock through a food mill; return to saucepan and keep warm over low heat.

In a small non-stick skillet, saut‚ together the pancetta, leeks and garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the pancetta is brown. Stir occasionally, then add to the soup. Stir in cream, add the salt, pepper and Tabasco and simmer until hot. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle surface with chopped chervil. This soup can also be chilled and served cold.

Note: a food mill, rather than a food processor, pur‚es the beans, leaving a residue of the outer skins, thus resulting in a smoother pur‚e.

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 10-17-95

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