Fava Bean Recipes

An unofficial mascot for springtime, fava beans are only available only from March through May. Embrace these nutty-flavored green beans with these fava bean recipes. Perfect for pasta, salad, soups, dips, and more, you'll find plenty of tasty recipes to add to your arsenal.

Staff Picks

Pasta with Favas, Shrimp, and Fresh Chile

This quick pasta features fava beans; they're like a cross between asparagus and split peas, with a buttery texture and nutty taste that defines seasonal spring vegetables. They star alongside shrimp and pancetta is a dish that's a cinch to make.

Fava Bean Dip

Foul gellaba, a spicy herb-packed dip that hails from Saudi Arabia, is customarily served for breakfast but can also make an appearance at lunch or dinner.

Orzo Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

While the Saudi Arabian rice dish known as saleeg may resemble Italian risotto, it's set apart by the addition of milk, which gives it a rich, creamy texture. Martha's interpretation pairs orzo with dried and fresh mushrooms, fava beans, lots of herbs and spices, and soft-poached eggs.

Fava Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 19
An ancient member of the pea family (Europeans and North Africans have been eating them for millennia), fava beans have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own.

Fava Bean and Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes

Here's an easy way for fava bean fans to enjoy the ingredient during its short peak season, March to May. At other times, shelled edamame are a worthy stand-in. Radishes make good, crunchy dippers for either version.

Grilled Fava Beans

Look for sturdy green pods with a velvety fuzz. Avoid any with slimy brown spots or overly large beans.

Spring Garden Linguine with Ricotta

This easy to make pasta dish is full of the fresh, sweet, green flavors of spring like mint, fava beans, and peas.

Fava Bean, Mint, and Pecorino Romano Bruschetta

Want to give this bruschetta an even brighter flavor? Add some lemon zest into the mix.

Roast Chicken with Fava Beans

Fresh, nutty fava beans brighten this comforting roast chicken skillet dinner.

Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint

Fava beans mingle with snap peas and mint in this showcase of spring vegetables.

Fava Bean Salad with Roasted-Garlic Vinaigrette

A garlicky fava bean salad brings together the abundant protein and fiber in beans and a slew of antioxidants from corn, cucumber, garlic, and parsley.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Fava Bean Recipes You Need to Try This Spring
It's time to get better acquainted with favas! An ancient member of the pea family, they have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own. Click through for our favorite recipes featuring favas.
Lamb Shanks with Rice and Fava Beans
Rating: Unrated 11
This recipe, from "Food of Life" cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij, is a Persian New Year specialty that symbolizes spring fertility and renewal.
Fava Bean Salad
Rating: 4 stars 7

Each of this dish's main ingredients is delicious when eaten all by itself. But together, accented by lemon, mint, and almonds, they make an especially memorable and satisfying salad.This recipe was featured on Martha Stewart Living Television.