Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens

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Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens
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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Ready in
35 m
2
Servings
209
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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

Ingredients

  • 24 fava bean pods, shucked
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups packed fava greens
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fava blossoms, for garnish (optional)*

Directions

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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
20%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Protein
7g
15%
Carbs
20g
7%
Vitamin A
171µg
19%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
13.1%
Vitamin C
19mg
31%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
3mg
13%
Vitamin K
334µg
100%
Calcium
73mg
7%
Fiber
7g
28%
Folate (food)
120µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
120µg
30%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
60mg
15%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
136mg
19%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
470mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.7%
Sodium
381mg
16%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.7%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
7%

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