While they're time-consuming to shell and peel, flat, jade-colored fava beans are considered a spring delicacy; in the Northeast, we're often lucky enough to have them into the early summer. The beans have a delicate flavor that's especially good with anything creamy.
1. Soups Use favas to make spring versions of classic bean soups, like this pasta e fagioli.
2. Spring stews Add favas to creamy stews, such as this insanely delicious beer-braised chicken.