Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Jason Gledhill
Hands-on Time
41 Mins
Total Time
41 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups)

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

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

GoBears's Review

July 22, 2013
Pretty good, just not amazing. This was my first time eating fava beans, and I must say, they don't have a lot of flavor. They could have been omitted since they taste a lot like garden peas (which are already in this dish). It was a little bland overall. I can't put my finger on it - more lemon?

SFWoman's Review

May 28, 2013
I agree with Stephanie MS. The dish was quite good (probably because of the bacon), but the prep time of 45 minutes was ridiculous. The fava beans take forever. Ninety minutes is more like it!

gwood312's Review

May 18, 2013

SarahD79's Review

May 10, 2013

StephanieMS's Review

April 19, 2013
My boyfriend chose the recipe to bring as a side for hot dogs on the boat with my parents. It was amazing warm and ok chilled... Something about the bacon. He swears that he will never make anything with time consuming fava bean ever again. Double the time for the recipe.