Fava Beans with Sweet Peppers

Fava Beans with Sweet Peppers

Bean lovers will rejoice over this dish. Seasonal fava beans pair perfectly with the sweet red peppers. Serve this as a side dish, salad or even as a vegetarian main course.


  • 2 1/2 pounds unshelled fava beans
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil while you remove the fava beans from their pods.

2. Meanwhile, roast the red peppers over a gas flame or under a broiler, turning until all sides are uniformly charred. Remove from the heat and place in a paper or plastic bag until cool enough to handle. Remove all the charred skin, rinse the peppers and pat dry.

3. Slice into thin strips, then cut the strips into 1 - or 2-inch lengths.

4. Blanch the fava beans for 30 seconds, no longer, drain, and transfer to a bowl of cold water. Slip the beans out of their thick skins, and place in a bowl.

5. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed lidded skillet and gently saute the garlic until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the fava beans and red peppers and stir together over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add the wine and the thyme, cover, and turn heat to low. Simmer 5 to 8 minutes (they are very good slightly crunchy and bright green; after they've cooked 5 minutes their color dulls and they become quite soft).

6. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, stir in the lemon juice, and serve.

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