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large skillet with fava bean and pea stew

Spring Vegetable Stew with Fava Beans and Peas

Spring Vegetable Stew with Fava Beans and Peas, a simple peasant food dish that's a celebration of spring all in one pan! This easy to prepare Sicilian dish is traditionally made with just a few  seasonal vegetables and is enjoyed either as a side or a hearty main dish with fresh crusty bread.
Course Main dish,, Side Dish
Cuisine Sicilian-Italian
Keyword fava beans with peas, vegetable stew with fava beans and peas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 - 10 servings
Calories 232kcal


  • 750 grams frozen fava beans
  • 750 grams frozen peas
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 large potato peeled and cubed
  • fennel fronds from 1 fennel bulb
  • 3 slices bacon halved or quartered
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil plus extra for drizzling at the end of cooking
  • 1 tsp salt or more according to taste
  • black pepper to taste


Prepare each ingredient

  • Defrost the fava beans and green peas according to package instructions. Wash and chop green onions Wash and chop fennel fronds Peel and dice the potato.

To cook

  • Add all ingredients in a tall sauce pan. Cover with 2 cups of water, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Cover and bring to a vigorous boil. Lower to medium high heat and cook covered for 10 minutes without stirring.
  • Uncover and toss the vegetables or stir gently. If the pan is dry, add a bit more water. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.
  • When the vegetables are tender, adjust the seasoning as needed. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and serve.


  • This recipe can be halved.
  • For extra flavor, add 2 bunches of green onions instead of 1.
  • Try replacing the bacon with pancetta.
  • If you have access to wild fennel, use it in place of the fennel fronds.
  • Serve as a side dish or main dish with fresh crusty bread.
  • This dish is delicious enjoyed hot or at room temperature.
  • Keep leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Please note that the nutritional information provided is approximate and may vary according to exact portion size and ingredients used.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 761IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg