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Portuguese Favas Recipe
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Portuguese Favas

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"Fava beans with a Portuguese style sauce."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, hot water, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Gently stir in fava beans. Remove from heat and let stand for several minutes to allow flavors to meld.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2010

As a Portuguese who now lives in Portugal, I recomend adding in some bacon cubes along with Portuguese chouriço sliced but not to thin, let it stew with the fava beans, when all cooked try using fresh chopped ciliantro sprinkled over top, its absolutly wonderful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2011

Could not find favas anywhere in my city, so instead I used lima beans. The sauce to me seemed mild and somewhat bland.


33 Ratings

Mar 23, 2008

These are great but to make them even better I add chourico. That's how my mom used to make them.

Jun 10, 2006

Reminds me of the favas served at the Portuguese feasts in Rhode Island. Bless you for bringing a little bit of home to my neck of the woods.

Oct 09, 2008

I grew up on portuguese food and must admit that this was very good. a little too spicy, so next time, i will cut back on the red pepper flakes. juicy, flavorful, colorful... great over rice! even better the next day!

Jun 14, 2006

This recipe was great! I made it yesterday knoing I would eat it tonight to let the flavors meld overnight. Yum! I love spicy food, but the amount of hot red pepper seemed like way too much to me (I think 2 TBS may be a mistake!), so I cut down quite a bit on it. I used 2 cans of butter beans in this in tead of favas and it was yummy. I served it over polenta sliced and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

May 18, 2005

just like the favas at the fall river feasts..I like mine with hard boiled eggs :)

Apr 19, 2011

Excellent recipe and just like the portuguese feasts. Might be a little spicy for some ,but you can always adjust the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 221 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 7.2 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 300 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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