Maltese Soup (Kusksu)

Maltese Soup (kusksu) Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


This soup is a traditional dish served in Malta, usually in the spring when fava beans (broad beans) are in season.


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15 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    yellow onion, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 32 oz
    chicken stock
  • ·
    sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1
    potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1
    carrot, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 14 oz
    fava beans (or substitute 15 oz. cannellini beans)
  • 1/2 c
    israeli pearl couscous
  • 1/4 c
    ricotta cheese, or more to taste
  • ·
    chopped parsley to garnish

How to Make Maltese Soup (Kusksu)


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until tender.
  2. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste.
  3. Add the chicken stock, bay leaves and salt and pepper.
  4. Add potato, carrot, and beans, stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in couscous and simmer for 15 minutes. (20 if using fava beans).
  7. Stir in the ricotta cheese and simmer until heated.
  8. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

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About Maltese Soup (Kusksu)

Course/Dish: Bean Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Mediterranean

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