- 1/2 lb fresh – unshelled fava beans
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 tbsp butter – divided
- 1 small onion – finely chopped
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese
- salt to taste
This dish, green risotto with fava beans immediately is enchanting for quite a few reasons. First, it immediately brings to mind that famous line from Hannibal Lecter about eating a certain something with a nice chianti and some fava beans. But risotto is also one of those wonderful dishes that’s been romanticized quite a bit. If you master this dish, you’ll be sure to make a statement for your guests. They’ll be curious and will definitely have an appetite.
The fava beans that are the key ingredient in this risotto are more than just a spectacular pop culture reference. They just don’t pair well with the unspeakable, but they also have a myriad of health benefits. First and foremost, just one fava bean yields 36 grams of soluble fiber which can help the body to regulate cholesterol and is ultimately good for the heart. It’s also a great source of protein which is necessary for cell and tissue repair. The non-meat protein content of this risotto makes it an excellent choice for vegetarians
How to make
Fava beans are also known as a broad bean.