Fava Bean Purée

You know spring is here when fava beans show up at the farmers markets and grocery stores. Fresh fava beans are time-consuming to shell, but well worth the effort!




  • 2 pounds fresh fava beans (in pods)
  • 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • salt and pepper to taste


Shell the beans. Place the beans, onion and garlic in a saucepan with enough water just to cover them. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Pour entire contents of the pot into a food processor/blender and puree. If it seems watery, pour the puree back into the saucepan and heat again until some of the excess water has cooked off. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with toasted pita chips or garnish with mint.

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Nutrition Information

Fava Bean Purée

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  78

Calories from Fat:  2

Total Fat:  .3g

Saturated Fat:  0g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  4mg

Potassium:  200mg

Carbohydrates:  14.7g

Dietary Fiber:  3.6g

Protein:  5g

Sugars:  1.9g

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