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    Pasta With Fava Beans and Lemon Sauce

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    bikerchick's Note:

    I think this is such a fabulous dish to celebrate Spring!! Fava bean (also called Broad beans) season is late spring and after the beans are ready to use this prepares so fast, you'll have more time to spend outside in the lengthening daylight. If you don't have access to fresh or frozen fava beans, you can substitute lima beans (not my favourite, but some like them) or edamame. This recipe is from Organic Style, 5/2005, I added a bit of garlic and garnished with a little mint. The prep time mostly is shelling the fava beans, the cooking time includes removing their outer skins.

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    1. 1
      Shell fava beans and cook in a medium pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes.
    2. 2
      Drain and immediately plunge into a large bowl of ice water.
    3. 3
      Peel off outer skins of beans---there is a dark green, thick ridge on the rounded side of the bean—starting there, pinch the skin and pull it open, once the skin opens a bit you can squeeze the bottom and the bean slips out into your bowl.
    4. 4
      Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente (you definitely don't want to overcook the pasta for this dish).
    5. 5
      Reserve a half cup of the water the pasta has cooked in and drain pasta in colander, you don't have to worry about excess water in the "little ears" as it will help tie the pasta sauce together.
    6. 6
      Return pot to medium heat, add butter and garlic, cook until garlic is soft.
    7. 7
      Add half-and-half, heat one minute.
    8. 8
      Stir in lemon juice, zest and pepper.
    9. 9
      Add pasta and cheese, stirring until pasta is coated and cheese is melted.
    10. 10
      Add favas and toss, adding a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry (the starch from the cooking water will help make the sauce creamy, it shouldn't seem sticky).
    11. 11
      Serve immediately in warm bowls, garnishing with mint if desired.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 20, 2006


      Very nice, complete dish, tasty, different, lots of fiber too. I used frozen, shelled fava beans. Not the prettiest food I have ever made, but nice.

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    • on April 28, 2005


      These fava beans are *so* good! We didn't have orecchiette, and used elbow macaroni instead, which worked fine (and I forgot to put them in the photo too - sorry). This is now my favorite way to prepare fava beans! Delicious, Bikerchick!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta With Fava Beans and Lemon Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (326 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 588.9
    Calories from Fat 115
    Total Fat 12.8 g
    Saturated Fat 7.2 g
    Cholesterol 31.8 mg
    Sodium 212.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 89.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.1 g
    Sugars 5.4 g
    Protein 30.0 g

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