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    Fava Bean and Bacon Risotto

    Fava Bean and Bacon Risotto. Photo by Debbie's Man!

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    35 mins

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    luvcook'n's Note:

    Who doesn't like a good risotto? This provides a complete protein. This is from The Natural Menopause Cookbook.

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    1. 1
      Cook the fava beans in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and plunge into ice-cold water to cool. Peel away and discard the outer shells and set the beans aside.
    2. 2
      Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the onion and bacon and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the rice and beans and continue to cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add enough hot stock to cover the rice and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until most of the stock has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock in this way until it is almost completely absorbed and rice is tender.
    4. 4
      Remove from the heat, stir in the grated Parmesan, and season to taste. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan shavings.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 22, 2008

      My mom's words: "I would definitely make it again." Made it as directed but substituted vegetable broth for chicken and didn't heat it ahead of time. Also used fresh fava beans. Easy and delicious.

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    • on May 14, 2008


      This was nice! I used pancetta and added about 1/3 c. of dry vermouth to the rice, reducing it to nothing before adding any broth. I also used more cheese and tons of black pepper. I LOVED the flavor of the bacon and vermouth, and would definitely suggest adding that. The fava beans were great in this, too. Great recipe!

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    • on April 30, 2007


      Excellent! The fava beans and the bacon are an excellent combination. I made the dish exactly to recipe with the exception that I used FRESH fava beans (instead of frozen). They took a bit more prep time, but well worth it. Of course, they may be hard to find, but the fresh fava beans are outstanding in the dish. I also used a very nice Hickory Smoked artisan bacon in this. The flavor went well with the parmesan and fava beans. I recommend a nice Zinfandel as a pairing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Fava Bean and Bacon Risotto

    Serving Size: 1 (616 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 655.9
    Calories from Fat 142
    Total Fat 15.8 g
    Saturated Fat 7.7 g
    Cholesterol 54.7 mg
    Sodium 1917.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 88.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.2 g
    Sugars 5.8 g
    Protein 37.7 g

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