Date: Thu, 13 May 93 14:04:18 EDT
From: Erika Penzer (penzer@Panix.Com)
I know spring has come to Manhattan when fresh fava beans are available.
(We are generally produce-deprived here in New York city.) I can only get
them for three weeks of the year, so when I find them, I buy them--even if
I have to trash my planned dinner for the night. This is a very simple way
to prepare them, very classically Italian, so I'm told.
2 lbs. fresh fava beans (in pods)
1 yellow onion, chopped coarsely
6 cloves garlic, peeled
salt and pepper to taste
Shell the beans--it's time-consuming (but worth it). Place the beans,
garlic, and onion in a saucepan with enough water just to cover. Bring to
a boil; turn down the heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about
15-20 minutes. Pour the whole thing into a food processor or blender and
puree. If it seems watery, put the puree back into the saucepan and heat
again until some of the excess water has boiled off. Season with salt and
pepper. Serve with toasted pita chips or crackers.