Kusksu (broad bean soup)

This is a traditional Maltese soup ,my hubby who is from Iraq loves it . He does not like peas so I do not put any . I also like to break some eggs in the soup when its almost ready and let them poach . Usually this is done in soppa ta l -armla (widow’s soup) but I like it . I put ricotta or fresh cheeslets (gbejniet friski) in the plate or bowl then ladle the hot soup over it . A filling hearty soup that is welcome on cold days.


  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 potatoes diced
  • chopped celery
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 cans broad beans or 500g bag frozen or 500g shelled fresh broad beans
  • 1/2 cup small bead like pasta we call kusksu (tempesta if you buy Italian pasta)
  • 3 tablespoonful tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 2 ltrs chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 fresh cheeslets


Method :

  • In a pot fry the onions,celery and carrots for a few minutes.
  • Add the potatoes & beans mix with the other vegetables and fry for a bit.
  • Then mix in the tomato paste ,cook it while stirring for a minute or two.
  • Pour the stock ,add seasoning ,cover and when it boils put it on a very low flame and let it simmer.
  • When its almost ready after  about  45minutes to 1hour add the pasta .
  • When it is almost ready break in the eggs if using ,cover and let them poach a bit then turn off heat.
  • Serve piping hot ,put a cheeslet in a soup bowl or plate and ladle the hot soup over it. You can also garnish with shavings of grana padana or grated cheese. 

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