Warm Fava Bean Salad with Basil and Pancetta
For a vegetarian version, this salad is great without the pancetta
- 3 Tbsp . olive oil
- 3 oz . pancetta , chopped into bits
- 3 cups fava beans , shelled, blanched, and peeled (see above for method)
- A generous handful of basil , minced
- Salt to taste
In a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, stirring often.
Before the oil starts to smoke, add the blanched fava beans and cook briefly, to heat them through, stirring frequently so they don't brown.
Turn off the heat and stir in the mint and salt to taste. Serve immediately