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How to Make Scafata: a Simple Fava Bean Recipe

How to Make Scafata: Simple Fava Beans Recipe
Photo: © Franziska Gömmel / Utopia

You’re probably familiar with minestrone, but have you ever had scafata? It’s a delicious light stew made of spring vegetables, including fava beans, peas, and Swiss chard.

Scafata is a traditional dish from the Italian region of Umbria. It is easy to make and it’s vegan! Here’s a simple recipe for the tasty fava bean stew.

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Note: If you use dried beans, remember to let them soak in water overnight before you prepare the dish.

How to Prepare Scafata

Fava Bean Recipe
This fava bean recipe only takes 20 minutes to prep and another 30 minutes to cook. (Photo: © Franziska Gömmel / Utopia)

To get 4 servings, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 14 oz. fava beans
  • 1 artichoke
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 10.5 oz. peas
  • 7 oz. Swiss chard, roughly chopped
  • Fresh mint and basil for extra flavor

Step-by-Step Fava Bean Recipe

  1. How you prepare the beans depends on whether you buy them dried or fresh: if you choose dried beans, let them soak in water overnight. If you use fresh beans, break them open and remove the peel and skin. Depending on your region, fava beans are in season between April and August, so especially during these months, it’s best to buy fresh beans.
  2. Cut off the stalk and the upper third of the artichoke. Then cut off the outer tips.
Scafata: Simple Fava Bean Recipe
Once you’ve prepared the artichoke for your Scafata, you can start cooking. (Photo: © Franziska Gömmel / Utopia)
  1. Boil water in a pot and let the inner parts of the artichoke cook in it for 5 minutes. When you’re done, save the water so you can later use it for your soup. Next, cut the cooked artichoke into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Chop the onion and the two garlic cloves and sauté them in a large pot with some olive oil. Add the fava beans, peas and artichoke that you prepared and fry briefly.
Fava Beans Recipe
You can easily prepare your Scafata in advance and reheat as needed. (Photo: © Franziska Gömmel / Utopia)
  1. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil. Add vegetable broth, salt, and pepper as needed. As soon as the soup starts to boil again, turn down the heat, add the Swiss chard and let the Scafata simmer. Stir regularly to keep the stew from burning, and add water if the liquid evaporates.
  2. After about 30 minutes your Scafata should have just the right consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste and take the stew off the stove. If you like, garnish with some mint and basil leaves for fresher flavor.

Tip: Scafata With Vegan Parmesan

If you want to spice it up a little, you can add vegan parmesan cheese to your stew. Scafata also tastes great if you prepare it early and reheat it later. It is also delicious served cold!

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