Leek, Lettuce, and Fava Soup
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Emma Star Jensen
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 368
- Calories from fat: 35%
- Protein: 23g
- Fat: 14g
- Saturated fat: 7.8g
- Carbohydrate: 49g
- Fiber: 2.6g
- Sodium: 319mg
- Cholesterol: 44mg
- 1 large head romaine lettuce (about 1 lb.)
- 3 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and light green parts only), rinsed well
- 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus 3 tbsp. small dill leaves
- Zest of 1 lemon
- About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- About 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups double-shelled fava beans (see "How to Double-Shell Favas," below), divided
- About 1/2 cup crème fraîche
- 1. Cut ribs from lettuce and finely chop ribs and leaves separately. Set leaves aside.
- 2. In a large pot, cook lettuce ribs, leeks, celery, chopped dill, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper with butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 15 minutes.
- 3. Stir in broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add lettuce leaves, reduce heat, and simmer just until lettuce is tender, 1 minute. Set aside 1 cup of mixture.
- 4. Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring into a bowl as blended. Return soup to pot and stir in reserved unblended soup and 1 1/2 cups fava beans. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming.
- 5. Ladle soup into bowls. Dollop a generous spoonful of crème fraîche into each. Garnish with remaining fava beans and dill leaves and sprinkle with pepper. Add more salt and crème fraîche if you like.
- How to Double-Shell Favas: Makes 2 cups 30 minutes Tear open 3 lbs. fava pods*. Add beans from pods to a pot of boiling salted water and return to a boil. Cook just until beans are tender beneath skin (slit to check), 2 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Peel leathery skin by tearing beans open at rounded ends and popping out beans. *Find at well-stocked grocery stores and farmers' markets. Make ahead: All but the final peeling, up to 1 day, chilled.
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