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Pure di fave e cicorie is a vegan and heart-healthy side dish of dried fava beans

Fave e Cicorie alla Pugliese - Fave Bean Puree

Delicious Purè di fave e Cicorie - Fava Bean Puree with Chicory - is a traditional antipasti dish from Puglia, Italy. Made with dried fava beans, this healthy soul-satisfying vegan dish captures the best of the Mediterranean diet in both simplicity and flavour.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword authentic, chicory, dandelion, fava bean puree, fava beans, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Soaking beans 2 days
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 473 kcal
Author Valentina Bovino


  • 400 grams dried fava beans Preferably from Puglia Italy
  • 1 bunch fresh chicory leaves Or other leafy greens like dandelion, endive or escarole
  • 50 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash dried fava beans well 

  2. Soak overnight or a minimum of six hours

  3. Drain beans and place in a pot with enough water to cover the beans with at least two inches of water   

  4. Add salt and simmer, stirring from time to time, for 45 minutes to one hour until very soft  

  5. While the beans are cooking, trim the stems of the chicory by one inch. Clean well and cut in half lengthwise if the leaves are really long. Boil in salted water until tender (around 10 minutes) and drain ( reserving a small amount 50 ml of the cooking liquid). 

  6. Once the fava beans have finished cooking and are very soft, mash them until smooth. If the puree appears dry, add a bit of reserved water until very creamy.  

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil. 

  8. Serve in a shallow serving dish with the boiled chicory on the side and crostini or crusty bread. 

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute dandelion leaves for fresh chicory with good success. 
  • Belgian Endive is often called chicory but these small boat-shaped white leaves, while also deliciously bitter, are not suitable for this recipe. 
  • Adding a peeled potato at the end of the cooking process of the fava beans can help make the fava bean puree creamier. 

Note: Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed to be accurate. It is created by online calculators and although we attempt to provide accurate nutritional information, the figures are only estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Fave e Cicorie alla Pugliese - Fave Bean Puree
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 1465mg42%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 29g121%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2830IU57%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.