Fava beans are a versatile and nutritious bean with a mild flavor. Whether cooked fresh, dried, or canned, these hearty beans can be used in many dishes as the main ingredient. Here are five delicious recipes where fava beans take center stage:
1. Fava Bean Crostini: Start by lightly toasting your favorite Italian bread, then spread a creamy blend of mashed fava beans and ricotta cheese over the top for a crunchy crostini that’s sure to be a hit.
2. Fava Bean Soup: Cook up an aromatic soup full of carrots, celery, onion, garlic and fava beans. Perfect for a chilly night or a light lunch.
3. Fava Bean Salad: Simply combine cooked fava beans with your favorite seasonal vegetables, like tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers, then dress with olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs.
4. Fava Bean Risotto: Make a creamy risotto with fava beans and Parmesan cheese, or add some fresh vegetables like asparagus, peas or mushrooms to the mix.
5. Fava Bean Hummus: Combine cooked fava beans, tahini, garlic and lemon juice in your food processor to create a delicious spread or dip. Serve with pita chips, crackers or crudités.