Braised Whole-pod Fava Beans with Dill

Braised Whole-pod Fava Beans with DillRecipe
Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Merilee Bordin
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.


Makes 6 servings

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Nutritional 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


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


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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, without yogurt.