Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Soak fava beans overnight in cold water, covering them with at least 3 inches of water. (Or, to save time, do a "fast soak": Put beans in a pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat after 1 minute and let soak for an hour.)
Drain beans and peel off outer brownish shell from each. Put shelled beans in a medium saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool, about 30 minutes.
When beans have cooled completely, puree them in a food processor with garlic and olive oil until smooth and light, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (The puree can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
To serve, scoop puree into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and top with capers and arugula; have freshly grilled or warmed pita bread on the side.
From the January 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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