Fresh fava beans with lettuce

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 2
Fresh fava beans with lettuce

Pour several inches of water into a medium-sized skillet and heat to a simmer. Add the fava beans and one-half teaspoon salt and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped lettuce and cook for 2 more minutes. Pour the beans and lettuce into a colander, drain and set aside.


Wipe out the skillet and add the oil. Cook the onions, garlic and ham on medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the chicken broth, fava beans and lettuce. Bring to a simmer and cook until most of the broth has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Adapted from “Encarnacion’s Kitchen.” Fresh favas must be shelled and hulled. To hull, blanch them in salted boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain, then peel each bean.

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