Fava Bean Stew

"I've also made this stew with lima beans and it was just as delicious! I challenge you meat-and-potatoes people to try this different stew...I guarantee you'll become legume-lovers!"
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Remove beans from pods to make 4 cups.
  • Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water (1 inch above level of beans).
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 40-50 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Remove casing from sausage.
  • In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Cook sausage, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add fava beans, tomatoes, pepper and half each of the basil and oregano.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for about 15 minutes or until stew has thickened and beans are tender.
  • Stir in remaining basil and oregano.
  • Serve sprinkled with Feta cheese.

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  1. I improvised something similar to this when I had canned fava beans and portuguese sausage (that's what the local chain grocery called it) to use up. This looks quite a bit better.


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