Family Dinner Kohlrabi

This dish is a favorite from Chef Rosaria Anderson’s childhood. Though her mother’s version was more Sicilian, Rosaria puts her own twist on it with the addition of pecorino cheese and green peas.

By / Photography By Lexi Mire | November 11, 2016


Cook beans then quickly chill in ice water and set aside. Zest and juice the lemon and set aside, saving the lemon pieces for the stock. In a 2-quart pot, add garlic, lemon pieces, diced kohlrabi and salt to taste and cover with water. Bring to a boil uncovered, then reduce to simmer. Remove the lemon pieces and chunks of garlic to avoid bitterness. Leave uncovered. Check for seasoning and add chopped parsley to assist in flavor of stock.

Add green peas to kohlrabi broth and bring to a quick boil. When peas are cooked (about 3-5 minutes) add fava beans to heat. Drizzle olive oil over stock and let sit covered.

To serve, divide Swiss chard between 6 bowls and add vegetables from the pot, reserving the broth.

Divide broth between each bowl. Top with lemon zest and cheese. Drizzle lemon juice and truffle oil if desired.



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  • 1 pound fava beans or butter beans
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed to break the clove
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 medium kohlrabi roots, cleaned, peeled and diced in large pieces
  • 4 cups (approximately) water
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, to taste
  • 1/2 cup English peas
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups petite Swiss chard, washed
  • Pecorino romano or ricotta salata, grated or shaved, to taste
  • Truffle oil (optional)
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