Pasta with fresh fava beans and onions is the taste of spring – so delicate, yet with notes of bitterness that suit the sweetness of onions.
Fresh fava beans are some of my favourite vegetables, and I was beginning to think I had tried every available recipe, until I heard about pasta with fresh fava beans and onions as an elaboration on my usual Linguine with fresh fava beans recipe. Melted onions combined with grated pecorino give the sauce a lovely creamy texture, while the fava beans add bite to both taste and texture. The result is classic Italian simplicity, where the three main ingredients combine in a delicious sauce that can be served with any kind of long pasta – eg. spaghetti, fettuccine or linguine, etc.
1 white onion
250 g fresh fava beans
100 grated pecorino
100 ml white wine
Salt, pepper and fresh mint
Peel the onion and cut it in thin slices.
In a casserole heat up the olive oil.
Fry the sliced onion over low heat until the slices start to disintegrate and melt.
Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.
Cover the onions in white wine and let them simmer while the spaghetti cooks.
Shell the fava beans and add them to the casserole 3 minutes before the pasta is done.
Drain the pasta and toss it with fava beans and onions along with grated pecorino and fresh mint.