Fava beans with bacon and tomatoes
Ragu di fave, pancetta e pomodori
This fava beans with bacon, garlic and tomatoes is a classic that can be found in numerous versions all along the Mediterranean coasts.
Dried fava beans can be tiresome in the long run, but when the fresh green fava beans are in season they can turn a simple tomato sauce into a treat. It tastes good in the comfortable, soothing kind of way. In addition, broad beans are traditionally believed to bring luck in the sense that those who have beans will never want for the essentials in life. It is definitely true that once you have eaten this dish, you don’t need more food for the next couple of hours.
500 g fresh shelled fava beans
1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
150 pancetta or bacon
500 g peeled tomatoes
Salt, pepper, olive oil
Peel and crush the four cloves of garlic and fry them lightly in olive oil.
Peel and slice the onion and add it to the garlic along with a spring of rosemary.
Turn down the heat and saute the onions for 10 minutes until soft.
Dice the pancetta and fry in with the onions (mild bacon can be used instead).
Pour tomatoes into the saucepan, stir well and let the dish simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the fava beans and let them cook for another fine minutes until the beans are tender but still in shape.
Sprinkle the fava beans in tomato sauce with olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary before serving.