Roman Holiday- Shelling the beans
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2-5 mins
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  • 1.

    Hold a broad bean pod in your hand. Press your thumb into the seam (the little line you can see running down the bean) at the top.

  • 2.

    Run your thumb down the seam to open the pod up. Pluck the beans out.

  • 3.

    Taste a bean. If you’re not a fan of the white coating around each bean, cook the beans for 2 mins in boiling water. Drain. Rinse under cold water.

  • 4.

    Once the white skins on the beans start to wrinkle, use your fingernail on your thumb to gently strip it away from the bean. This takes a little time but gives you the most deliciously sweet broad beans.

  • 5.

    Add the broad beans to your pasta during the last minute or two of cooking.

  • 6.

    Did you know? The Italians call broad beans ‘Fava Beans’. In Italy, they are a symbol of good luck. Some people even carry beans around with them, like a lucky penny.

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