Macco di Fave

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 6 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Macco di fave or maccu di fave is a traditional Sicilian soup made with dried fava beans, also known as broad beans. Generally very thick in consistency.



  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 500g (1lb) fresh broad beans, shelled
  • 4 spring onions, washed and chopped
  • 3 wild fennel sprigs, or other preferred herb [optional]
  • salt, to taste


  1. In a pan gently sauté the fava beans with the spring onions and the chopped wild fennel along with olive oil and salt.
  2. After the vegetables have softened, add enough water to cover the ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook with a lid until tender, adding a splash of water if it dries up too much.
  4. Finish with a drizzle of fresh olive oil and croutons.
  5. Serve hot.


  • In the Mediterranean, broad beans are also known as “fava”.
  • If the soup cools down and becomes solid, it can be dusted in flour and fried. Serve as a starter.
  • Category: Starter
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 49 mg
  • Fat: 5.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.7 g
  • Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Protein: 5.4 g