Fresh Fava Beans with Leeks and Swiss Chard -

Whenever you can find fresh fava beans in their pods, grab them! They are simply delicious! The pods are actually edible and add lots of flavor to your dish. In this dish, I like to use only half the beans in their pods and remove the other half. This adds nice flavor and texture contrasts.

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  • Rating:   5
  • Prep.:  10 min
  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time:  40min


  • 1 Tsp. Vegetable oil
  • 1 Large Onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Cups Tomatoes, Diced (canned is fine)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Fresh Chili Pepper, minced (Optional)
  • 2 Leeks, sliced
  • 8 Stalks Swiss Chard (stems and leaves separated and roughly chopped)
  • 2 lbs Fresh Fava Beans
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 10 Leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. To prepare your beans, take about half of the fava beans and chop roughly in their pods and set aside. Take the other half of the beans and open the pods and place inner beans in a bowl. Discard pods.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat add oil, onions, garlic and chili pepper (if using). Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the leeks, swiss chard stems and tomatoes as well as a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add in all the fava beans that you prepared earlier. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the beans have softened completely.
  3. Finally add in the swiss chard leaves, fresh herbs and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Cook for 2 minutes until swiss chard leaves are wilted.


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