It’s springtime in southern california, which means fava beans! This side salad is a nice way to serve them as a component in a yummy pasta dish. You could add chicken to this and turn it into a main course.

Time:1 hour
Serves:8 as a side


Mise en Place
STAPLES VEGGIES
8 oz fregola sarda 2 lb fava beans, shelled
3 tbs lemon juice 1 bunch big aspargus
6 tbs olive oil 1/2 cup pea shoots
3 oz shaved parm 1/2 medium shallot
kosher salt
pepper

Equipment
1 pot
1 colander
1 bowl ice water
1 slotted spoon, spider, or strainer

Directions
Step Action
1 in pot, heat water to boiling, add a handful of salt
2 blanch fava beans 1 minute, fish out with spoon and shock in bath
3 remove fava beans from water and set aside
4 in same water, blanch asparagus 2 minutes, fish out, and shock in bath
5 remove asparagus from water and set aside
6 clean pot, add water back to it, bring to a boil
7 add a handful of salt and cook fregola sarda according to package directions
8 while fregola sarda is cooking, shuck fava beans discarding outer shell
9 when pasta is done, drain in colander and let cool
10 whisk together shallot, lemon juice, olive oil, and a big pinch of salt
11 toss pasta with veggies, cheese, pea shoots, pepper, and dressing
12 serve