English Peas, Favas, and Asparagus with Mint Recipe

English Peas, Favas, and Asparagus with Mint Recipe

How To Make English Peas, Favas, and Asparagus with Mint

Whip up a quick lunch with a bowl of these English peas, tossed with refreshing mint and crunchy veggies, that’s ready in under 30 minutes.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • lbfava beans
  • 1lbEnglish peas
  • ¾lbyellow wax beans
  • 1lbasparagus
  • 4tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1mediumonion
  • 2clovesgarlic
  • ¼cupdry white wine,or water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,as needed
  • ½cupmint,chiffonade


  1. While shelling fava beans, bring a small pot of water to a boil.

  2. Add shelled favas and cook for 2 minutes. Drain, then plunge into ice water to stop cooking and set the color. Drain again, then slip the skin off each bean using the fingers. Place beans in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Shell peas and add to favas. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Add wax beans and cook for 2 minutes. Drain, then plunge into ice water. Drain again. Set aside.

  4. Prepare asparagus by breaking tough ends off where they give, and then peel each stalk. Cut trimmed asparagus diagonally into 2-inch lengths. Set aside.

  5. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook another minute or so, stirring frequently.

  6. Add remaining olive oil and asparagus, turn heat to medium-low, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until asparagus is just tender when pierced with a fork, depending upon their thickness and freshness. Shake pan to prevent asparagus from sticking.

  7. Add wax beans and stir to incorporate. Add wine or water and gently fold in favas and peas. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook for about 1 minute just until favas and peas are warm.

  8. Adjust seasoning, if necessary, before turning onto a warm serving platter. Scatter with mint chiffonade and drizzle with high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.

  9. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make a mint chiffonade, stack 2 large mint leaves so that their spines are aligned. Gently roll them into a scroll-like tube. Hold one end of the tube with fingertips curled under, and with a sharp chef’s knife in the other hand, slice mint crosswise, as thinly as possible. Fluff strips and use them as a garnish or in salads.


  • Calories: 296.25kcal
  • Fat: 10.40g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.51g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.73g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.59g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.53g
  • Fiber: 17.00g
  • Sugar: 17.04g
  • Protein: 16.41g
  • Sodium: 856.08mg
  • Calcium: 127.48mg
  • Potassium: 919.59mg
  • Iron: 6.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 95.29µg
  • Vitamin C: 50.59mg
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