Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

Matt and I found out today that we got student housing in NYC for the upcoming year! We’ll be in “family housing” (not dorms, don’t worry) in what they call a 2-room studio. I’m sure space will be tight, but that’s actually not too bad by New York City standards! We’re mostly happy that we don’t have to do the whole apartment search thing. I’ve done it once in NYC, and it was brutal.

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

Coincidentally, this fava bean and ricotta crostini idea comes from Terroir, one of our favorite places to go the city. We usually go for happy hour, and end up staying for way more food and drink than we had originally planned.

About a year ago, we tried their fava and ricotta crostini with pickled shallots and thought it was pretty genius. It combined fresh, barely cooked (if at all) fava beans with pickled shallots, mint, basil, and creamy ricotta atop small slices of toasted baguette.

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

We were pleasantly surprised to find fava beans in our CSA box this week, and we both knew immediately that this was what we would have. To make it more of a main course, we used much bigger slices of bread. It was suprisingly quick to put together, even with the peeling involved.

And honestly, the peeling was a nice break from all the Chemistry problems I’ve been doing. I had a dream the other night that I was an electron. No joke. I definitely need to take more study breaks…

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

This isn’t an exact recipe, rather more of an assembly. You can really use whatever ratio of topping, ricotta, and bread you want.


  • Shallot, thinly sliced
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh fava beans
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Fresh mint leaves, torn
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Ricotta cheese (we made our own using Serious Eats' recipe...its shockingly easy)
  • Slices of good, crusty bread, lightly toasted
  • Flaky salt, such as Maldon


  • Pour enough vinegar over the sliced shallots to cover and let soak for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Take the fava beans out of the pods. Cook the fava beans in the boiling water for exactly one minute. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl with ice water. Let them sit for five minutes, or until completely cooled.
  • Remove the second shell around the fava beans by pinching the tip of the bean with your fingernail and popping out the bean. (There is great visual guide here.)
  • Combine the peeled favas with the basil, mint, and shallots (removed from vinegar) and dress with enough olive oil to thoroughly coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread the ricotta over the toasted bread slices (use as much or as little as you want), and top with the fava bean mixture. Drizzle with extra olive oil, if desired, and flaky salt.

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  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    Definitely sounds like you needed a break! This looks amazing. I love fava beans and don’t have them often enough. Congrats on getting housing too!

  • In and Around Town

    So cool about the fava beans in your box! I think you deserved the break – when chemistry enters your dreams its trouble!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I love this simple crostini! Congrats on securing student housing πŸ™‚

  • http://theeconomicaleater.blogspot.com/ MichellePC

    Congrats on the housing news!! And that’s too funny about the electron dream.

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Excellent news! I don’t think I’ve used fava beans since my Siena Farms CSA πŸ™‚ This is really pretty dish!

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    I didn’t even know family housing was a thing. Do you both have to be students? I keep toying with the idea of grad school but school + apartment = broke Ashley. Also this looks like an amazing little appetizer!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Nope! I’m sure every school is different, but we just had to have had a lease together for at least a year and will eventually have to get domestic partner status (sorta weird, but worth it for subsidized housing!)

  • Shannon G

    this looks absolutely delicious! perfect use for those favas. will have to remember this one in case we get any in our csa!

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