Fava Beans with Sausage

Salsicce e Fave

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    as a main course

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Fava beans pair well with pork, such as pancetta, prosciutto, and, in this case, sausage. The sausage that is used in Italy is milder than the “Italian sausage” that is available in the States. Use either the homemade sausage or a mild sausage, such as breakfast links.

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Total time from start to finish: 1 hour


  • 1 pound fava beans in the pod
  • pounds homemade sausage or mild breakfast sausage links
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
  • Salt


  1. Shell and peel the fava beans.
  2. If using store-bought sausage, cut it into ½-inch pieces. Put the sausage in a large sauté pan with enough water to come about ¼ inch up the side of the pan and place over medium-high heat. If using homemade sausage, break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until all the water is evaporated and the sausage begins to brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. While the sausage is cooking, peel and finely chop the onion. Drain any fat the sausage has released and add the olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until it turns a rich golden color, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spoon. Add the fava beans, season with salt, and cook until the beans are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Serve hot with good crusty bread.


You can make this dish up to 2 days ahead and keep it in the refrigerator.