Fava-Mint Pesto
When purchasing fresh fava beans, look for bright green pods that are free of yellow patches. Large beans are starchy and firm, while smaller ones are sweeter and more tender. If you are buying shelled beans, select beans with a smooth surface. Get the recipe for Fava-Mint Pesto. Matt Taylor-Gross

Chef Jessica Largey gave us the recipe for this verdant pesto, a combination of blanched fresh fava beans, Marcona almonds, anchovies, garlic, and mint. It makes a great spring appetizer served atop crostini.

What You Will Need

Yield: makes 2 cups

Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 lb. fresh fava beans in their pods
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. Marcona almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 anchovy fillets in oil, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 6 tbsp. Agrumato lemon oil
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup loosely packed mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2 Tbsp. juice


  1. Shuck the fava beans from their pods and then peel off and discard their shells. You should have about 2 cups cleaned fava beans.
  2. In a medium saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the fava beans until bright green, 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water and let sit until chilled, 1 minute. Drain and roughly chop the fava beans.
  3. In a mortar, pound the almonds, anchovies, and garlic until evenly combined, then add 2 tablespoons of the lemon oil to loosen the mixture. Add the reserved fava beans and mash into a coarse purée. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons lemon oil, the parmesan, mint, and lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and serve.
Fava-Mint Pesto