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Linguine with Fava Greens, Shrimp, and Green Garlic

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Serves 4 to 6
Not to worry—this huge amount of greens really does cook down. If you have access to fava flowers, they're a pretty garnish.


  • 5 qts. lightly packed fava greens*, rinsed and spun dry
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • About 3/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced green garlic* (from about 4 heads, white and light green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 pound medium shelled and deveined shrimp (30 to 35 per lb.), with tails on
  • 10 ounce linguine
  • Fava flowers* (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 445
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • protein 24 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 52 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • sodium 385 mg
  • cholesterol 112 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a 12-in. frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir-fry one-third of fava leaves at a time with 2 tsp. oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper until greens wilt, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; tent with foil.

  2. Reduce heat under frying pan to medium-low. Add 3 tbsp. oil and stir in 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, the green garlic, fennel seeds, and lemon zest. Cook, stirring often, until garlic is softened, 5 minutes. Add wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Cook linguine as package directs. Drain, saving 1 cup water. Return pasta to pot and toss with shrimp mixture and remaining 1 tbsp. oil. Add fava leaves and toss, pulling apart with forks. Mix in pasta water if linguine seems dry, plus more salt and pepper if you like. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with fava flowers if you like.

  4. *Find fava greens (and sometimes their flowers) and green garlic at farmers' markets. If you can't find green garlic, use 2 tbsp. minced regular garlic plus 6 tbsp. green onions.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.