[WATCH] Broad beans with garlic

Watch Pippa Mattei make a traditional ful bit-tewm – broad beans cooked in fresh garlic – a perfect accompaniment to Maltese bread served with plenty of olive oil and Maltese tomatoes. 

Watch Pippa Mattei make broad beans with garlic, the perfect accompaniment for Maltese bread and tomatoes

Broad beans with garlic


  • 1kg broad beans (ful), peeled twice
  • 6 heads fresh garlic
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • Some water to cover
  • Salt/pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Put some olive oil into pan, and heat for a few mins.
  2. Add the peeled chopped garlic, and cook for a few mins.
  3. Add the broad beans, and toss for a further few mins.
  4. Add a little water to just cover and continue to simmer adding the chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Allow to cook till beans are tender and water completely reduced.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature, with lots of Maltese bread, oil and tomatoes.

Get more of Pippa Mattei’s recipes in her books Pippa’s Festa and 25 Years in a Maltese Kitchen.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 10 April, 2015.