Fave e cicoria

Fave e Cicoria ( Fava bean puree with chicory).

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


Fava puree:

  • 400 g dried fava beans
  • 400 g fresh chicory (cicoria)
  • 1/4 white onion chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp evo oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • water 500 ml plus more if it dries out.


  • 400 g fresh chicory (cicoria)
  • 2 tbsp evo oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • 1 Tbsp evo oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of peperoncino


Fava beans:

  1. Soak the dried fava beans overnight, then drain them, rinse them and peel them.
  2. In a pot sautee the onion and garlic in evo oil.
  3. Add the fave beans to the pot pouring enough water to cover the beans completely.
  4. Finally add the bay leaves, and place cover on pot.
  5. Cook on low heat for about 2 hours, stirring frequently and checking to make sure they are not sticking to the bottom of the pot, adding a little hot water if it seems to be drying out, and eliminating the foam that forms on the surface.
  6. When ready, remove the bay leaves, add salt and pepper and run them through the food mill or a sieve to make a purée.


  1. Clean and wash the chicory, then boil it in salt water for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Saute the chicory in a pan with e.v.o. oil, garlic and chili flakes.


  1. In a sautee pan or wok drizzle in olive oil.
  2. Toss in cubed breadcrumbs.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and peperoncini and toss well to coat the cubes.
  4. Sautee until they turn a wonderful golden brown about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.


  1. In a decorative bowl, place fave puree.
  2. Top with a bundle of sauteed cicoria.
  3. Toss some croutons onto the plate.
  4. Finish with a generous drizzling of evo oil.
  5. Ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!


Remember to soak the dried beans overnight.
You can use fresh if you have them, just eliminate the soaking time.


  • Serving Size: Serves 4
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