Fava Bean And Chard Soup



  1. Rinse fava, kidney, and garbanzo beans.
  2. Place beans in a Dutch oven.
  3. Add enough water to cover.
  4. Cover and let soak overnight.
  5. Drain and rinse beans.
  6. Remove fava beans and squeeze off skins.
  7. Return kidney and garbanzo beans to Dutch oven.
  8. Add fava beans.
  9. Stir in split peas, lentils, and 2 teaspoons salt.
  10. Add 9 cups water and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  11. Stir in remaining ingredients except pepper, fennel leaves and olive oil.
  12. Return to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour, adding additional water during cooking if necessary.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Garnish each serving with fennel leaves and drizzle with oil.