Fava Beans With Bacon Recipe

May 1, 2012 4:01 pm

A simple Roman recipe for fresh spring fava beans

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Fava beans are a nutritious, easy-to-cook sign that spring has sprung. Try this fava beans with bacon recipe before the season's out.

It's springtime, and favas are or will soon be popping up in gardens, restaurants and farmers markets across the country. Even total beginners to seasonal cooking can make fave e pancetta, or fava beans with bacon (or pancetta), a super-easy dish of fava beans with bacon and onions that makes a great hot side dish or chilled salad. Enjoy it alongside something fresh off the grill with a glass of white wine (preferably al fresco) and repeat after me: "perfetto."

Read Alibaba's brief history of fava beans

Servings: 4


2 pounds fresh fava pods
1/2 pound pancetta or bacon (or guanciale if you can find it), cubed
1 small onion
1/2 glass white wine
olive oil
Salt and pepper
  1. Remove fava beans from their pods.
  2. Boil the fava beans in a large pot of salted water until “al dente,” still a bit hard, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Chop the onion and put it in a pan with a splash of oil and the bacon, and let it brown slightly, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the beans and wine with salt and pepper to your liking and cook over medium heat until the wine evaporates. 
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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