Italian Vegetables Recipes


The recipe for fava bean and chicory puree is a traditional first course from Puglia.

A recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation.






  • 2/3 pound (300 g) dried fava beans
  • 2 1/4 pounds (1 kg) wild chicory (or dandelion)
  • Half a medium red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, some for cooking and some for finishing



1. The day before or overnight: Soak the fava beans for 12 hours minimum with some bay leaf.
2. Put the beans in a pot with enough water to cover them by at least an inch (tip: use the soaking water).
3. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer the beans for about 2 hours or until they become extremely soft and creamy. When the beans are done, stir them about with a wooden spoon to reduce them to a puree (if you want you can use a blender).
4. While the beans are simmering, wash the chicory, cut off the end of the stems (2 to 3 inches) and boil it in a large pot. Drain the chicory with a colander and sautee with garlic and olive oil in a pan.
5. Place the blended fava bean puree into a serving dish and arrange the cooked chicory in the center. Finish with extra virgin olive oil on top and….Buon Appetito!

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