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Fava Bean Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche & Thyme Olive Oil

By Sarah Menanix


Berkeley, CA, US Berkeley, CA
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About Recipe

I recently read recipe development instructions that stated: “should not include ingredients that are too obscure or aren’t available for the average cook, such as cumin.” Cumin! In a pinch, I’m pretty sure I’ve picked up cumin at 7-11 or the drugstore at midnight (sometimes you need tacos, guys). Living in California with a meyer lemon tree in my yard has probably slanted my perception of what counts as obscure, but surely cumin is common, right?


unsalted butter

chopped shallot from 1 large or 2 small shallots

shelled and peeled fava beans

shelled English peas

potatoes, peeled and chopped

chicken or vegetable broth

fresh thyme



freshly grated parmesan cheese

freshly squeezed lemon juice

salt, to taste

Olive Oil

extra virgin olive oil

fresh thyme

Lemon Crème Fraîche

crème fraîche

freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cooking Procedure


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