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-and-Fava-Bean Soup

Our lightened-up version of the Italian classic pasta e fagioli is thin yet flavorful, thanks to the base of homemade vegetable stock and the addition of fresh fava beans and lima beans.

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.

Fava Bean Soup

Rating: 3.47 stars
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.

Spring Salad with Mushroom ''Dirt''

Rating: 5 stars
Assemble a garden on your plate with this modern, spring landscape-inspired salad. The edible "dirt" is made from delicious dehydrated mushrooms.

Lamb Shanks with Rice and Fava Beans

Rating: 4.36 stars
This recipe, from "Food of Life" cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij, is a Persian New Year specialty that symbolizes spring fertility and renewal.

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.

Roast Chicken with Fava Beans

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

Cassoulet D'Artagnan

Rating: 3.55 stars
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Ariane Daguin.

Fava Bean, Mint, and Pecorino Romano Bruschetta

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

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.

Braised Baby Artichokes with Fava Beans and Spring Onions

Fresh baby artichokes are much easier to prepare than larger ones, as they have no fuzzy chokes to remove. Pair with fava beans and green onions for a light spring lunch.

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.
Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint
Fava beans mingle with snap peas and mint in this showcase of spring vegetables.

Fava Bean Salad

Rating: 4.14 stars

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.