Fava beans are a broad green legume that grow in long pods and are popular in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Fava beans are almost always removed from the pods before preparing them, although it is possible to braise whole fava bean pods.
Fava beans are notoriously time-consuming to prepare because of the shelling process. Removing the beans from the pods is easy enough. But each individual bean also is enclosed in a shell. Removing the fava beans from their shells requires blanching them first.
Fava beans are used in a number of different recipes and can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques. They are frequently braised and used in stews, and can also be sautéed, or marinated and served in salads.
Fava beans can used as a main ingredient in making puréed soups. They are also frequently served with pasta or risotto.
A simple recipe for fava beans would be to sauté them with bacon or pancetta until tender and then serve topped with melted butter and shaved pecorino cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
Also Known As: Broad beans