academia barilla  May 2008

Ingredient and Recipe of the Month: Garganelli Pasta with Fava Beans

Welcome to our Ingredient of the month series. Today Chef Matteo Carboni [...]

Welcome to our Ingredient of the month series. Today Chef Matteo Carboni from the Academia Barilla Culinary School wiil introduce to us the ingredient of the month for the month of May, fava beans (also called broad beans or tic beans around the Commonwealth, scientific name is vicia fava, according to Wikipedia).

Fava Beans

Matteo will cook a great dish of pasta using the Garganelli pasta he showed us last week how to make using traditional pasta tools. For the sauce Chef Carboni suggests to use fava beans, ripe tomatoes, rosemary and garlic. The first step would be peeling the fava beans, which is very easy if we blench the beans in boiling water for about 20 minutes. Same operation to peel the tomatoes – check the video for Chef tips on how to cut the tomatoes into small cubes getting rid of the seeds.

While Chef Carboni cooks the fresh Garganelli pasta (approx cooking time 4-5 minutes) he prepares the sauce heating up some extra virgin olive oil to sauté the fava beans, to which he adds rosemary, garlic, pinch of salt and the diced tomatoes.

Chef Matteo Carboni

When the pasta is cooked Chef Carboni adds it to the sauce, and sautee for another half minute, finishing the dish while still in the pan with parsley, freshly grated black pepper and Pecorino Grand Cru. Add a bit of extra virgine olive oil (Matteo here uses Academia Barilla’s Monti Iblei Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP) and black pepper before serving.

Pasta with Fava Beans

Final Chef tip from Matteo: you can add a pinch of grated black truffle to make the dish more unique in flavor and presentation.Buon Appetito from Academia Barilla and Italian Food Lovers!

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