Fava Bean and Pecorino Crostini

Fava Bean and Pecorino Crostini
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Fava Beans

Fresh beans are readily available during the late summer months, and they are surprisingly easy to cook with. Simply shell the fava beans and cook them for three minutes in boiling, salted water, then transfer them to a bowl filled with ice water to keep them from overcooking. 

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4
Servings
196
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette loaf, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the baguette
  • 1 Pound fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 Teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped roughly
  • 1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup fresh mint leaves, torn roughly
  • Pecorino, shaved

Directions

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and toast under the broiler until just golden, checking every minute to make sure the bread doesn't burn. Set aside. 

Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the fava beans for 3 minutes; transfer them immediately to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking process. After they've cooled slightly, add the beans to the bowl of a food processor with the lemon zest and juice, olive oil, cider vinegar, and garlic. Turn the processor on and purée until the mixture is smooth. Add the pepper flakes and salt and pulse until fully combined. 

To assemble the crostini, spread the toasts generously with the fava bean mixture, then top with mint leaves and pecorino shavings. Serve immediately. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
15g
12%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
34µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
61µg
68%
Calcium, Ca
53mg
5%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
47µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
45mg
14%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
97mg
14%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
521mg
35%
Water
111g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Fava Bean Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Fava Bean Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.