Pic of Broad beans - Roman style

Broad beans - Roman style

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Broad beans - Roman style

Side Serves 4 25 min
This simple broad bean dish is good for a quick lunch on a bit of toast; for dinner mixed with a pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan; or as a side with roast lamb or lamb chops. Enjoy either warm or at room temperature.


  • 600g broad beans, unshelled weight
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 slices pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, cut into thin strips
  • a few mint leaves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Shell broad beans.
  • Step 2

    Heat oil in saucepan. Sauté onion for 5 minutes - do not brown. Add bacon and cook for 3 minutes more.
  • Step 3

    Add broad beans, salt and pepper and stir. Add 3 tablespoons of water and cover saucepan.
  • Step 4

    Cook over a low heat until beans are cooked through - about 8 minutes. Finish with chopped mint.

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