Fave e Pecorino

Pecorino cheese and fava beans  Traditional recipe of Rome

Fava beans and Pecorino cheese is one of the most known spring appetizers in the centre of Italy. In particular Romans have the habit to eat this dish in April and May when fava beans are in season. No cooking recipe!

Fava beans (called also broad beans) and pecorino cheese, the photo shows the shelled fava beans, pecorino cut into bite-sized morsels and a glass full of red wine to match this appetizer
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Fava beans and pecorino cheese: a typical Italian appetizer

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 1kg (2.2 pounds) fava beans in the pod
  • 200g (7 ounces) Pecorino cheese
  • Time:
    preparation: 20 minutes
    no cooking
    total: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 231 (kcal) 12 % GDA (*)- 967 (kJ)
    Protein: 16.4 (g) 33 % GDA
    Total fat: 16.8 (g) 25 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 3.8 (g) 2 % GDA
    Sugars: 2.3 (g) 3 % GDA

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The only ingredients you'll need to prepare this appetizer, as you've just read, are fava beans and pecorino.
But think of it: if you have an organic garden you can grow fava beans easily and pick them when still young and tender. You can make a delicious dish only buying a piece of Pecorino cheese or another seasoned cheese.
In Italy we tell "da leccarsi i baffi" (to lick our lips) when a dish is very tasty. That's yummy!
Here I show you the simplest way to prepare fava beans and Pecorino cheese. Look at the video for more details and ... pardon for my English, please ;))))

Fava bean and pecorino cheese recipe


  • - Clean and prepare fava beans.
  • - You have to choose fresh, young fava beans in the pod.
    Besides they must be firm and filled out along the entire length.
    For the youngest beans (so you needn't the second peeling) choose the pods with the smallest bumps.
  • - Peel the pods and put apart the individual beans.
  • - Prepare the pecorino cheese.
    Remove the peel from the cheese and cut it into bite-sized morsels.
    Put them apart.

Just before serving

  • - Prepare the dish.
  • - Put the individual beans and cheese pieces on the same plate.
    Your dish of pecorino and fava beans is ready!



  • - For the best result you have to choose good ingredients. Remember there are a lot of kinds of Pecorino cheese. Pecorino of Tuscany, Sicily, Sardinia and Rome. You can find some website to buy them via Internet in the next paragraph.
  • - Look at the video for menu planning ideas.

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What's the right wine for " Pecorino cheese and fava beans "?

Pair to fava beans and pecorino a full-bodied red wine such as Brunello di Montalcino or Morellino di Scansano (Both Tuscan wines), Nero d'Avola (Sicilian wine) or Cannonau (Sardinian wine)