Whole Grain Medium Shells With Fava Beans And A Cool Heirloom Tomato Salad

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  • Servings : 24
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Enjoy fava beans at the peak of their season in late spring, with colorful heirloom tomatoes as a partner.


  • 3.3 lbs. Barilla Whole Grain Shells
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 cups shelled (8 lbs. in pods) fava beans
  • as needed salt
  • as needed pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 qts. diced heirloom tomatoes
  • as needed julienned fresh basil
  • 2 cups grated Romano cheese


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

In a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup of the oil and saute the garlic until slightly yellow. Add the fava beans and saute for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Puree half of the fava mixture with the broth, then add it back to the remaining fava mixture. Let cool and refrigerate until needed.

Step 4

Combine the tomatoes, remaining 1/2 cup oil, the lemon juice, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 1/3 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a pan with 3 to 4 Tbsp. fava bean sauce. Warm through. Plate and garnish with about 1/3 cup tomato salad and 1 1/3 Tbsp. cheese.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (197g)
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 379
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 611mg
Total Carbohydrate 53g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g

Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 10%
Iron 13%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.