Spaghetti with Fava Bean Sauce

Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

This sauce should only be made if you have available very young fava beans with tender skins.


  • 3 young leeks, white part only, minced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp


Sauté the leeks and garlic in the oil and butter for a few minutes, then add the ham and shelled beans and cook for another minute or two. Add the white wine and bring to a gentle boil. Let the wine evaporate a little, then add the chicken stock and cook over a fairly high heat until the beans are tender. Stir in the cream and pepper to taste, then add the Parmesan and savory. Taste and correct