I am an avid lover of Lebanese food and this is one of many dishes I had in Beirut. Lebanon is an amazing country and I urge everyone to visit..it has a beautiful coastline, ancient ruins to visit, an amazing history, great skiing during winter in the mountains, warm, welcoming people and the freshest, tasty food! And no-one parties like the Lebanese! This is also a great use of broad beans which I also adore. To me they are the bean of summer and take me back to my childhood, popping beans with my grandmother. Broad beans are also know as Fava beans. A simple dish which can be eaten warm or cold. Nice with a glass of Chianti…ha ha (Silence of the Lambs subtle reference…*groans and apologises*..)
Broad beans are a good source of protein, Vitamins A and C, fibre and folate. Tasty and good for you as many veggies are!
500g broad beans
1 40 g can of tomatoes
1 tblspn tomato paste
4 cloves garlic
2-3 tblspns olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute the garlic until it is lightly golden.
- Add the beans and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the tomato paste, stirring to coat the beans.
- Add the can of tomatoes, season and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Serves 2 large portions.