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