Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint



  • 3 lbs fava beans, shelled
  • 1/2 lb snap peas
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add snap peas and blanch 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to ice bath; let cool, then drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add fava beans to pot and blanch 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to ice bath and let cool; drain on plate. Pop favas from skins.
  3. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium. Add favas and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add peas; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with mint.

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