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Fava Beans with Bacon


  • 1 pound shelled, cleaned fava beans
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 slices bacon, raw
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper


  1. Blanch the fava beans. To do this, boil them for three minutes, then remove with a straining spoon and immediately place in a bowl of ice and water.

  2. Fry bacon slowly in large saute pan. When it's done, remove bacon to plate with paper towel while leaving bacon drippings in pan.

  3. Melt the butter in the large saute pan. Add the minced garlic and stir, mixing in any bacon drippings or pieces.

  4. Place fava beans into the frying pan, add seasoning and saute over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Check the consistency at this time, and if it's not soft enough for your preference, saute 1-2 more minutes.

  5. When there is one minute left for the beans, crumble the five slices of bacon into the beans and heat through. Serve.