Portuguese Spicy Broad Beans

    45 minutes

    Broad beans in a spicy sauce based on garlic, paprika, tomato and chilli. This is one of my favourite recipes - you have to try it!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 large onions, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons chilli flakes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
    • 2 cups (500ml) hot water
    • good handful chopped fresh parsley
    • salt to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 kg frozen baby broad beans

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in chillies, tomato purée, hot water, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika. Bring to the boil, add broad beans and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until beans are tender.

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    Used different ingredients. This recipe was great! I made it yesterday knoing I would eat it tonight to let the flavours meld overnight. Yum! I love spicy food, but the amount of hot red capsicumseemed like way too much to me (I think 2 TBS may be a mistake!), so I cut down quite a bit on it. I used 2 cans of butter beans in this in tead of favas and it was yummy. I served it over polenta sliced and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!  -  29 Sep 2008


    I make this often, served with Portuguese Broa (cornmeal bread)and it's a real family favourite. 2 T. of pepper flakes would blow the tops of my kids' heads off so I just add to taste. I use a bit more tomato sauce. I come from an Italian family and we make a similar dish that includes pancetta bacon.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Reminds me of the favas served at the Portuguese feasts in Rhode Island. Bless you for bringing a little bit of home to my neck of the woods.  -  29 Sep 2008