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Tuscan Fava Bean and Orecchiette Pasta Salad

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"We really love the texture, hardiness and earthiness of the fava beans, however, butter beans or large lima beans may be substituted."
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1 h 45 m servings 691
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in orecchiette pasta and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and salt together in a bowl until dressing is mixed.
  3. Combine the fava beans, cooked pasta, grape tomatoes, red onion, celery, and basil in a large bowl. Toss to coat with the dressing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Serve topped with grilled shrimp for entertaining.
  • A crisp Pinot Grigio like Chateau Ste. Michelle complements this dish.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 691 calories; 30.3 86 19.7 0 837 Full nutrition

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I had a box of Orecchiette pasta (little ears) and was looking for some ideas when I happily found this recipe! I could not find Fava beans so I used Lima beans, the prep was easy and everythin...