Feb 09, 2012 by Chef Chris Vizzina

A heart healthy recipe to make your sweetheart swoon

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. There is no better way to romance your significant other than to prepare them a romantic dinner. How about one that’s good for the heart (literally!), and good for the soul too?    Here you will find a delicious recipe that will make your sweetheart swoon.



This dish can be served as a one-dish entrée, a side dish, or as a sauce for pasta (pennette for example).

For the wine, use a Sicilian white that has been aged in barrels.


1 small onion, finely chopped

2 ounces pancetta (or prosciutto) diced

1 ¾ cup fresh shelled peas

1 ¾ cup fresh shelled fava beans

6 artichokes, cleaned, trimmed of outer leaves and cut into thin sections

¼ cup white wine

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sweet basil

Sea Salt to taste

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste


Heat a large sauce pan on burner of natural gas cooktop. Add a small amount of oil and render the pancetta or prosciutto. Add onion and cook until translucent, after a few minutes add the peas, fava beans and artichokes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add wine, and turn gas on high for a few minutes so the wine will evaporate. Add half of the olive oil; stir in the parsley, cover, and cook at low heat, stirring occasionally for about twenty minutes. When the vegetables are tender, add salt and pepper, more olive oil if needed, and basil.

Serve hot.


And don’t forget olive oil is a good fat…a little is good for the heart and more is good for the soul!



Chef Chris Vizzina



Cooking for a Cause will be coming to the Alagasco Center for Energy Technology on May 3rd. Chef Vizzina will be the featured chef and tickets will be available for dinner and cooking demonstrations. Also, there will be a silent auction. This event will be hosted by United Way Young Leaders. All proceeds will benefit Healthy Kids Healthy Communities.  More information coming soon.


Chef Chris Vizzina

With an Italian heritage as strong as his passion for healthy food, it is no wonder that forty-year-old Chef Chris Vizzina has risen quickly to become the Executive Chef and President of Campus Dining, Inc. Headquartered at Samford University, Campus Dining manages food service operations at multiple sites across the Southeast. Chef Vizzina has been nominated on two occasions for the Silver Plate Award, a prestigious honor of national renown in the food service industry.

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