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Linguine with Fava Greens, Shrimp, and Green Garlic

Serves 4 to 6

Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Not to worry—this huge amount of greens really does cook down. If you have access to fava flowers, they're a pretty garnish.

su-Linguine with Fava Greens, Shrimp, and Green Garlic

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
 5 qts. lightly packed fava greens*, rinsed and spun dry
 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  About 3/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper, divided
 1/2 cup minced green garlic* (from about 4 heads, white and light green parts only)
 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
  Zest of 1 lemon
 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
 1 pound medium shelled and deveined shrimp (30 to 35 per lb.), with tails on
 10 ounce linguine
  Fava flowers* (optional)
Step 1

Heat a 12-in. frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir-fry one-third of fava leaves at a time with 2 tsp. oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper until greens wilt, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; tent with foil.

Step 2

Reduce heat under frying pan to medium-low. Add 3 tbsp. oil and stir in 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, the green garlic, fennel seeds, and lemon zest. Cook, stirring often, until garlic is softened, 5 minutes. Add wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3

Cook linguine as package directs. Drain, saving 1 cup water. Return pasta to pot and toss with shrimp mixture and remaining 1 tbsp. oil. Add fava leaves and toss, pulling apart with forks. Mix in pasta water if linguine seems dry, plus more salt and pepper if you like. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with fava flowers if you like.

Step 4

*Find fava greens (and sometimes their flowers) and green garlic at farmers' markets. If you can't find green garlic, use 2 tbsp. minced regular garlic plus 6 tbsp. green onions.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 445Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%

Saturated Fat 2.6g13%
Cholesterol 112mg38%
Sodium 385mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 52g18%

Dietary Fiber 2.3g10%
Protein 24g48%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.