Minestra di Riso e Fave

  • 2 lb fave in their shells or 14oz shelled frozen broad beans, thawed
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup arborio or other non-parboiled rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Shell the beans if they are fresh. Bring a large pan of water to a boil, and blanch the beans for 3 - 4 minutes. Rinse under cold water, and peel.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, and cook over medium heat until softened. Add the beans and cook five minutes more, stirring often. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the tomatoes and continue cooking for five more minutes, still stirring.

Add the rice and the butter stirring until the butter is melted, then gradually add the water until all the water is used. Adjust seasoning and continue to cook until the rice is tender. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 - 45 minutes
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