Pesto Di Fave – Marò – Pestùn de fave – Broad Beans Pesto

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Pesto Di Fave – Marò – Pestùn de fave – Fava Bean Sauce:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Marò or Pesto di fave (Pestùn de fave in Ligurian) is an ancient preparation of western Liguria based on broad beans.
The sauce, used to accompany meat and fish, has ancient maritime origins, and Saracens probably spread it. The name seems to derive from the Arab word mar-a, which means seasoning, even though a more spontaneous etymology would refer to the frequent use of this sauce in the maritime tradition spread in its places of origin.
It was also known as “pestun de fave in the Middle Ages.”

Of Ligurian origin, this particular pesto version comes from the Western part of the Ligurian coast stretching from Genoa to the French border. It is served as a dressing for boiled meats.


a handful of fresh fava beans
2-3 leaves fresh mint
3-4 cloves garlic
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

How to make the Pesto Di Fave – Marò – Pestùn de fave – Fava Bean Sauce:

Pod a handful of fresh fava beans removing the cuticle. Put them in a mortar with 2-3 leaves of fresh mint and 3-4 cloves of garlic.

Pound well while adding extra-virgin olive oil with regular pesto. Add salt to the pesto di fave to taste.


Fresh broad beans
Extra virgin olive oil
Mint leaves
Coarse salt

A more decadent version also uses grated pecorino cheese and marjoram.

How to make Pesto Di Fave – Marò – Pestùn de fave – Fava Bean Sauce:

After removing the skin from the beans, they are crushed in a mortar with mint leaves, garlic, and a pinch of salt until the result is a homogeneous mixture, which is then added pepper and a tablespoon of vinegar. At the end is added oil until getting a semi-liquid cream, which can be used immediately or kept in traditional arbanelle.

Serves 4

Pesto Di Fave – Marò – Pestùn de fave – Fava Bean Sauce: is a Regional recipe from Liguria

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