on the menu: fava bean risotto

For my birthday a few weeks ago I received the cutest recipe cards from Mrs. Erin. On one of the cards was a recipe for fava bean risotto. I’ll tell you the truth, I’ve always beenĀ  a little intimidate by fava beans. I was once told they were hard to cook. But Erin assured me that this was simple. So I went down to the ferry building farmers market to get fresh local produce for the risotto. Then I went home and started cooking. All I’ve got to say is WOW – this recipe does not disappoint. It’s simple, easy and so delicious you’ll want a third serving (I had two).
Enjoy and bon appetit!


2 cups of fresh fava beans (shelled)

1T olive oil

2T butter

1 small onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 cups of Arborio rice

1/2 cup of white wine

6 cups chicken stock (hot)

1 1/2 cups of spinach

1 cup of grated Parmesan


1. Cook fava beans in boiling water, drain in ice bath and shell.

2. In the meantime, heat oil, butter and sweet onions until they become clear. Add chopped garlic and Arborio rice and stir together. Add wine and cook until absorbed. Slowly ladle in stock. Stir continuously until all six cups are absorbed by the rice. Add spinach and cheese after about 25 minutes. Toss in the fava beans and serve hot. Then add a sprinkle of more cheese.

Photo by Caitlin Flemming


  1. Cheryl

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  2. Tiffany @ Savor Home

    I love risotto and fava beans, but never thought of putting them together! I will have to try this!

  3. with style & grace

    this sounds delicious!! I think I remember her instagram of this – definitely going on my must makes list!

  4. Savvy in San Francis

    That looks and sounds delicious! Love the Serena and Lily napkin with hit too! XX

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