Portuguese Fava Bean, Chouriço and Egg Stew
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This fava bean, chouriço and egg stew is true Portuguese soul food. A perfect, comforting and filling meal for cold winter days. This is a one pot dish!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Portuguese
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 package Portuguese chouriço (.74 lbs or .334 kg), cut in half wheels
  • 3 oz or 85 g thick smoked bacon (pancetta or toucinho), cut in small pieces. I used the spicy one, but the sweet version will work just fine
  • 1 small can tomato paste (5.5 fl oz or 156 ml)
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 2½ lbs frozen broad beans or fava beans
  • 5½ cups of water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 large eggs
  1. In a colander, rinse the fava beans in cold water and set aside.
  2. Set a large pot on the stove on medium high.
  3. Heat the olive oil.
  4. Add the onions and sauté for about a minute and then add the garlic.
  5. Sauté for another two minutes.
  6. Add the sliced chouriço and smoked bacon.
  7. Cook for about 4 or 5 minutes until the chouriço starts to brown slightly.
  8. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, cinnamon allspice and one tsp of salt, and stir well.
  9. Add the fava beans and water to the pot.
  10. Let the mixture reach a boil, reduce to medium.
  11. Taste a little bit of the broth. Depending on the chouriço you used, the flavour may or may not have enough salt. If needed, add some or all of the remaining tsp of salt.
  12. Cover and let cook for 45 minutes.
  13. Uncover.
  14. Crack an egg over the pot and slowly pour the egg onto the mixture, being careful to deposit the egg in one small spot. The egg will boil in the spot where you place it.
  15. Repeat the last step for the remaining eggs, leaving a bit of space between each egg.
  16. Cover and cook for an additional 12 minutes.
  17. Uncover, shut off the stove and serve hot. Make sure everyone gets an egg! Enjoy!
Recipe by Photos & Food at https://www.photosandfood.ca/2016/01/21/portuguese-fava-bean-chourico-and-egg-stew/