Minted Fava Spread with Pancetta

By • July 11, 2013 • 2 Comments

Author Notes: Came up with this recipe when I spent a summer working on a terraced farm on the amalfi coast of Italy. It's absolutely delicious on toasts, sandwiches, grilled chicken, swirled into pasta, or off of a spoon. It jars beautifully too.Hallie Meyer

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup blanched favas, shelled
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 tablespoons cubed pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Blanch favas in boiling water, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and ladle favas into a bowl of ice to stop cooking.
  2. Shell favas and place in a food processor with pecorino, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Process to combine, then begin streaming in olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Comments (2) Questions (0)


about 1 year ago Hallie Meyer

Yes indeed! Fry the pancetta in a bit of olive oil and top the finished spread with your crispy porky cubes:)


about 1 year ago krusher

Essentially this looks quite lovely. I am presuming that you fry the cubed pancetta in a little olive oil and fold it into the spread after you have finished making it. The flavors of the spread are very appealing.