Fava beans are a seasonal ingredient that I don’t have any experience with. I’ve seen a few bloggers writing about them recently so when I spotted them in my local Whole Foods, I decided to experiment.
My kitchen credo is…when in doubt, make pasta and so I did. Fa-va-Va-voom! (That means it was delicious.) I never follow a recipe, most particularly with pasta, and just use what is available. For this one, with the exception of the fava beans, everything else was waiting for me at home.
crushed red pepper
crumbled gorgonzola cheese
• cook shelled fava beans in chicken broth for about 10 minutes; add grape tomatoes, fresh garlic and crushed red pepper. Let simmer till beans are tender and tomatoes have started to break down. Add additional chicken broth if needed.
• Drizzle a little olive oil and add a small amount of crumbled bacon (about 1 teaspoon per serving).
Spoon gorgonzola cheese on bottom, add pasta and top with sauce. Toss.
Grated parmigiano reggiano and a quick sprinkle of Sicilian sea salt with orange essence (optional).
I must tell you that this is my favorite type of cooking…spontaneously adding layer after layer of flavor. Simple, bold, and pop-in-your mouth tasty.
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