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Green Macco recipe

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green macco, made of fresh broad beans

Green Macco

If there is a podium for broad bean preparations, green macco would receive gold. Fritella silver and freshly uncooked, straight from the pod, bronze.
  • Prep Time 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time 40 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 200 kcal


  • 500 grams of broad beans
  • 1 big onion, a stalk of celery, a carrot
  • 1 unpeeled clove of garlic
  • olive oil


  1. Immerse the podded beans in boiling water for a minute
  2. Drain and cool them down in ice water
  3. Squeeze the beans between your thumb and index finger
  4. Fry finely chopped carrot, celery and unpeeled garlic.
  5. Remove the garlic and add the beans
  6. Cover with hot water and bring it to boil
  7. Remove the foam with a skimmer
  8. Stir in order to beans don't stick to the pot
  9. Add the herbs, salt and olive oil


One kilo of broad beans correspond to approximately 350 grams of beans and 650 of seed pods. The latter, if fresh and reliable, can be turned in a dish. Traditionally people use wild fennel. Which is hard to get outside Sicily. You may add chopped fennel together with the carrot and celery. Or ground fresh roasted fennel seeds at the very end of the preparation.Green macco can be eaten as a side dish or starter. Or as seasoning for your pasta. Use short pasta and prepare at least double of what you'll serve. The remaining pasta can be fried the following day. Use your best olive oil for this dish. 

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