Fava Beans and Chicory

Fava Beans and Chicory... a traditional recipe from Puglia.

Fava Beans and Chicory


For 4 Person(s)

For the Fava Beans:

  • 1/2 pound dried Fava beans, soaked in water for 12 hours
  • 2 pounds chicory
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • slices of toasted bread


  1. In a large thick-bottomed pot, add 1/4 cup EV olive oil and saute` the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the tomato, cook for a few seconds more. Add the potato and the fava beans and enough water to cover them by at least 1 inch.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil and then let the fava beans simmer for 2 hours, skimming away the froth that rises to the surface occasionally.
  4. When the beans are done, stir them with a wooden spoon to reduce them to a puree.
  5. While the fava beans are simmering, wash the chicory and put them in a large pot. Season lightly with salt and cook until the ribs are soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and keep warm.
  6. Spoon the blended fava beans into a serving dish, arrange the cooked chicory in a mound at the center of the dish. Serve with toasted bread, salt & pepper as desired and a drizzle of EV olive oil.



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