Rinse beans if necessary. Add all ingredients to a heavy bottomed soup pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to low and cover, leaving a crack open and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the beans are soft. Watch and add more water if needed.
Blend with an immersion blender or stand blender in batches. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, toasted torn pieces of bread, a sprinkle of paprika and cumin.
Fava bean soup will thicken as it cools. Add a splash of water as needed when reheating to thin it out!