Spring Pasta with Fava Beans and Peas

Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Jason Gledhill

Celebrate the first sweet offerings of the warm growing season with Spring Pasta with Fava Beans and Peas.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 41 Minutes
Total: 41 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 371
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 16.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 48.3g
  • Fiber: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Iron: 3.2mg
  • Sodium: 521mg
  • Calcium: 127mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shelled fava beans (about 1 3/4 pounds unshelled)
  • 6 ounces uncooked campanelle or farfalle (bow tie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 center-cut bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced red onion
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh shelled or frozen green peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh pecorino Romano cheese (about 6 tablespoons), grated and divided
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. Place fava beans in a large pot of boiling water; cook 1 minute. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain well. Remove tough outer skins from beans.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
  3. 3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bacon; sauté 3 minutes or until bacon begins to brown. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Add fava beans and peas; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil, pasta, juice, and salt; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove pan from heat. Stir in 3 tablespoons cheese. Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 bowls, and top evenly with remaining 3 tablespoons cheese and basil. Serve immediately.
Note:

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