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.

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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: 3.5 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.

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.

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.
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Cassoulet D'Artagnan

Rating: 3.5 stars 29
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Ariane Daguin.

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.

Lamb Shanks with Rice and Fava Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 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 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.

Roast Best End of Highgrove Lamb and Fava Beans with Mint and Marjoram

Inspired by French tradition, this rack of lamb is encrusted with a mixture of Dijon mustard, breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. It's served family style on a bed of minted fava beans.

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.

Roast Chicken with Fava Beans

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

Corn, Fava Bean, and Cucumber Succotash

During the transition from spring to summer, in that very short time when the bounty of both seasons' produce is available, take full advantage with this fresh, flavorful succotash recipe.
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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 Over Chicken
All fava beans have to be shelled. Unless they're extremely small, the individual beans will have an outer skin that needs to be removed as well.