Fava Bean Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto

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Fava Bean Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and ProsciuttoRecipe
Photo: Jan Smith

This entrée is a delicious springtime one-dish meal. You can use 2 1/4 cups fresh shelled green peas in place of the favas, or a combination of both.

6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup risotto and about 2 teaspoons prosciutto)


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4 1/2 pounds unshelled fava beans (about 2 1/4 cups shelled)
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto (about 1/2 cup)
Cooking spray
2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups chopped leek (about 2 medium)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/3 cup dry white wine
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups trimmed arugula
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes


Preheat oven to 400°.

Remove beans from pods; discard pods. Cook beans in boiling water 1 minute. Remove beans with a slotted spoon. Plunge beans into ice water; drain. Remove tough outer skins from beans; discard skins. Set beans aside.

Arrange prosciutto in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; bake at 400° for 7 minutes or until crisp. Set aside.

Bring broth and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil); keep warm over low heat.

Melt butter in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add leek and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add rice and thyme; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Add white wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in beans, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat; stir in arugula and cheese. Top with prosciutto.

Created date

March 2006

Nutritional Information

Calories 266
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 7.6 g
Satfat 4.4 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 13.9 g
Carbohydrate 35.4 g
Fiber 4.7 g
Cholesterol 28 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 691 mg
Calcium 167 mg