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Italian Broad Beans

📋 Italian Broad Beans Recipe

More than recipes, these Spring starters are a ceremony to celebrate Spring. The fresh vegetables are piled in layers and covered with lettuce leaves to preserve the green colour of the produces.
Course Starters
Cuisine Italian
Diet Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan
Keyword minestra, spring vegetables, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 92kcal


  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 cup fava beans, broad beans
  • 5 small artichokes
  • 1 small lettuce head
  • 3 slices of bacon optional
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cup fresh water
  • 1 tsp salt


Prepare all the vegetables

  • Clean the fave beans
  • Clean the peas
  • Clean and cut the artichokes into slices
  • Put aside 4 lettuce leaves and cut the lettuce into slices

Layer the vegetables in the pot

  • In a casserole stir fry 1 onion and the bacon
  • Cover with a layer of lettuce and season
  • Add a layer of fave beans and season
  • Add a layer of peas and season
  • Add a layer of artichokes

Season and cook

  • Season and add 2 cups of water
  • Lay on top the 4 lettuce leaves, they will keep the colour of the vegetables green
  • Cover with a lid and simmer for 40 minutes
  • When ready, remove the top lettuce leaves 
  • Serve



  • When you buy broad beans, make sure the pod is green and firm.
  • Remove them from the pod, remove the outgrowth that connects the bean to the pod and the skin.
  • If you want to can leave the skin, but it can be bitter.
  • It is important for this recipe that all vegetables are fresh if you don't want to spend too much time cleaning them, you can find some farm stands that clean them right there at the market.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg