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Braised Whole-pod Fava Beans with Dill

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Merilee Bordin
Yield Makes 6 servings
Fava beans are a culinary highlight of spring, but double-shelling them takes time. Very young favas, though, can be eaten pod and all. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds fava bean pods, ends trimmed and strings removed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill, plus 1 tbsp. for garnish
  • Plain whole-milk or Greek-style yogurt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 222
  • caloriesfromfat 53 %
  • protein 9.2 g
  • fat 13 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 24 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • sodium 322 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put oil and onion in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add favas, salt, sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

  2. Add 1/4 cup dill, cover, and cook until fava pods are tender and starting to fall apart, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. dill and serve warm or at room temperature, with yogurt on the side.

  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, without yogurt.