Portuguese Favas


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 (19 ounce) cans fava beans


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, hot water, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Gently stir in fava beans. Remove from heat and let stand for several minutes to allow flavors to meld.


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