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Fresh Fava Beans with Lettuce

1 cup shelled hulled fresh fava beans (abt 1 pound whole favas)
Salt -- as needed
6 cups cut romaine lettuce in 2" pieces (abt 1/2 head)
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons finely-chopped onions
1 small garlic clove -- finely diced
3 tablespoons small-diced ham
1/2 cup chicken broth
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Pour several inches of water into a medium-sized skillet and heat to a simmer. Add the fava beans and one-half teaspoon salt and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped lettuce and cook for 2 more minutes. Pour the beans and lettuce into a colander, drain and set aside.


Wipe out the skillet and add the oil. Cook the onions, garlic and ham on medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the chicken broth, fava beans and lettuce. Bring to a simmer and cook until most of the broth has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.


This recipe yields 2 servings.


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