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Fava Beans, Shrimp and Savory W/ Orecchiette Pasta

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  • 2 1/2 lb Fresh Fava Beans, in the pod
  • 3 tb Olive Oil
  • 2 ts Slivered Garlic
  • 2 oz Pancetta Cut Into Tiny Dice, about 1/3 cup
  • 3/4 lb Medium Size Shelled Shrimp
  • 1 pn (Big) Red Chile Flakes
  • 1 tb Chopped Fresh Savory <>
  • 2 tb Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 c Ripe Tomato, seeded, diced
  • 2 ts Grated Lemon Zest
  • 8 oz Dry Orecchiette Pasta,, cooked al dente
  • Rich Chicken, Shellfish Or Vegetable Stock, if desired
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan Or Asiago Cheese
  • Savory Or Basil Sprigs


Remove beans from the pod and drop into boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes. Strain and immediately drop into ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, drain and remove the tough bitter outer skin. Set beans aside.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and saute garlic over moderate heat until soft but not brown, add pancetta and saute 1 minute longer until translucent. Add shrimp, fava beans, chile flakes and savory and toss until shrimp just turn pink, 1-2 minutes. Add tomato, lemon zest and pasta and toss to warm through. If mixture seems dry, add a little stock. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with shavings of cheese and savory or basil sprigs.
Yield: 4 servings
Copyright, 1996, TV FOOD NETWORK, G.P., All Rights Reserved Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #332
From: Bill Spalding <>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 04:55:22 -0500 (EST)