Shrimp, Fava Bean and Zucchini Pasta

Over the last two months, we've seen a lot fava beans at the farmers' markets. We both like fava beans, but for some reason (too much peeling) we haven't bought any. It wasn't until last week that we finally picked some up. Hungry Bear wanted to make a healthy pasta dish and created this shrimp, fava bean and zucchini pasta on a whim.

It was a simple pasta to prepare and required only sautéing the fava beans, zucchini and shrimp in a little olive oil and garlic. Since we both love angel hair pasta, we used it in our dish. In hindsight, we would have picked a tubular or shaped pasta, because it would have been easier to mix with the vegetables.

Despite all the peeling required with the fava beans (some you know I hate peeling things), the pasta was great. It's a simple dish that really highlights the fresh fava beans. To put it over the top, add a poached egg to each serving!

Shrimp, Fava Bean and Zucchini Pasta

Shrimp, Fava Bean and Zucchini Pasta Recipe


SND Note: Any type of pasta can be used for this dish. Tubular or shaped pastas will be easier to mix into the fava and zucchini mixture.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds fava beans (3 cups shelled), removed from pods
  • 7 small zucchinis, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Remove fava beans from pods. Then cook fava beans in large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes. Remove fava beans and peel outer skin. Set aside in bowl.
  2. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sauté until barely cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Remove shrimp and garlic and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve pasta water.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons oil to skillet and sauté the zucchini until crisp-tender, about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add fava beans and hot pepper flakes and mix together well. Re-adjust seasonings.
  5. Add the pasta to skillet and toss with bean and zucchini mixture. If pasta is dry, add a few ladles of pasta water and/or olive oil. Adjust seasonings to taste and mix in parsley. Serve pasta immediately topped with grated parmesan, shrimp and a drizzle of olive oil.

Makes 6-8 servings

[tags]shrimp, fava bean, zucchini, pasta, angel hair, parmesan, cheese, parsley[/tags]

8 Comments on “Shrimp, Fava Bean and Zucchini Pasta”

  1. I’m excited to try this dish with Al Dente’s Roasted Garlic Linguine. I’d also love to send you a bag of our pasta. (www.aldentepasta.com) Pick your flavor, and let me know. Your recipes are great and I love your style of cooking and eating. Peace, Love and Pasta. Monique

  2. Candace said:

    That looks delish. I’m a big fan of quick pastas like this… I’d probably skip the time consuming favas, due to pure laziness!

  3. Kevin said:

    That looks like a tasty salad!

  4. OMG, having a poached egg over this would really be awesome! That’s a great recommendation to a really beautiful summer pasta dish. I wonder if this pasta dish would be good as a cold dish for our party…..hmm……….

  5. Chuck said:

    Monique, thanks for the offer. I’ll check out your site.

    Candace, you won’t find me peeling fava beans for a long time!

    Kevin, thanks.

    White on Rice Couple, I think it would be good cold. Although for the size of your party, that’s a TON of fava beans.

  6. Joe said:

    I love your blog and your pictures are to die for. I’ve been here a few times already and thought I would see if you had a shrimp recipe. I just recently posted a recipe that I adapted from “The Spended Table” cookbook and posted it on my blog @ http://cookingquest.wordpress.com if you would like to come take a look. I love feedback and other cooks opinions for sure.

    Thanks and have a great one!

    Joe

  7. Joe said:

    I love your blog and the pictures. I’ve been here a few times already and thought I would see if you had a shrimp recipe. I just recently posted a recipe that I adapted from “The Spended Table” cookbook and posted it on my blog @ http://cookingquest.wordpress.com if you would like to come take a look. I love feedback and other cooks opinions for sure.

    Thanks and have a great one!

    Joe

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