Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens

Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens
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Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens

Darrin Nordahl

Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens

Here is a simple yet absolutely delectable fava side dish. Fava beans require a bit of time and effort to prepare. You have to shell, parboil, then peel the lil' buggers. To cut down on time (and to enrich the flavor), use both fava beans and fava greens. Fava greens are sweet and mild, and make a wonderful sautéed green. It is much easier to prepare the leaves for cooking (simply pick and rinse) than the beans. So by padding the dish with greens, you can serve more generous portions of favas in a reduced time.

Served alongside a grilled steak and a nice chianti. (Sorry, no liver; but bonus beans if you get that reference.)

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Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat and set up an ice bath. Parboil the fava beans for about 1 minute. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice bath. Once cooled, slip off the skins and set the tender green legumes aside.

Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sauté the onion until caramelized lightly. Add the fava beans and garlic and cook for about 1 more minute.

Now add the fava greens. (These greens are very delicate, so you'll only want to lightly toss the leaves for about 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and garnish with fava blossoms, if using.


*Note: If you are lucky and have access to fava flowers, garnish your beans and greens with these handsome, delicate blossoms.


Calories per serving:

212 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 13g 20%
  • Carbs 21g 7%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 7g 29%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 8g 15%
  • Cholesterol 15mg 5%
  • Sodium 99mg 4%
  • Calcium 77mg 8%
  • Magnesium 61mg 15%
  • Potassium 483mg 14%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 138mg 20%
  • Vitamin A 172µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 19mg 31%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 16%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 13%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 120µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 336µg 420%
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