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Fava Bean Pasta

Fava Bean Pasta

A kid-friendly fava bean pasta!

Fava beans are a type of fresh bean, which is an April Foods of the Month. Fava beans are also one incredibly healthy food! Most times, people bypass them at the grocery store because they don’t know how to use them. In Italy, this Fava Bean Pasta recipe is a popular lunch option since it is simple and easy to make. And, anytime you mix vegetables with noodles and cheese, you get a kid-friendly dish!

Fava beans are close relatives of legumes like black beans and split peas. Unlike other dried beans and peas, you will most likely find fava beans in the frozen vegetable section of the grocery store, along with green beans, lima beans and edamame. To prepare them, simply boil on the stovetop, like you would with green beans (another type of fresh bean). 

This Fava Bean Pasta dish is a nutritious lunch or light dinner option. Fava beans are full of folate, which is an important nutrient to keep the cells in our body working. Fava beans are also a good source of fiber, iron and manganese. We recommend serving this Fava Bean Pasta dish with a nice serving of freshly grated cheese for some added calcium. Enjoy!


Fava Bean Pasta
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  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 10 oz. box frozen peas
  • 1 14 oz. package frozen fava beans (use lima beans if you can't find fava beans.)
  • 1 tbsp. whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti according to instructions, set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, boil peas (fresh or frozen) for about 5 minutes, until they are tender. Drain and add to pasta mixture. Next, shell the fava beans and cook in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  3. Let the beans cool and remove the outer skin.
  4. Mix in with the pasta and peas, add the whole wheat bread crumbs, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste and the freshly grated cheese. Enjoy!

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