Barbs Butter Bean or Lima Bean Soup

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

My family loves this tasty soup. It can also be made using great northern beans. Note:I have used diced tomatoes with Jalapeno's added for a spicy flavor. Also pass the hot sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put beans into large soup pot cover with water bring to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off heat and let set for 1 hour, Drain off water.
  2. Add the 6 cups water to the beans and bring to a boil & simmer; at this point if I an using ham or ham hocks I put them in a smaller saucepan and cook them until done.
  3. When beans are starting to get tender add ham (& broth from ham) or Kielbasa, tomatoes, onion , carrots, celery and simmer until done.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste: also for a thicker soup add the 2 tablespoons flour to a little water, add to soup and simmer, check seasonings.
Most Helpful

5 5

Great recipe, Barb. Thanks for posting it.

And thanks for the tip about letting the beans rest in the cooking water for an hour. Worked like a charm for me.

One small modification I made: I pureed the soup after about 1 hr and 30 min, returned it to the stove top and added the chopped celery for a final 30 min cook. The soup turned out silky smooth, with a nice celery crunch when tasted.

5 5

What a great, healthy winter treat! For our spice loving fellow here, I added a bit of red pepper flake, and rather than using flour to thicken, I pureed a couple cups of the soup and beans and added them back to the pot. Another really wonderful feature is that, by using really lean ham, you have a very rich-tasting soup with minimal fat. Great recipe Barb!

5 5

I thought I had bought butter beans but to my surprise it was lima beans! Searched to see what to do with them and this is the recipe I decided to make. I used turkey smoked sausage and made it as recipe stated. Very good! One person that I served it to said this taste better than what you get in a restaurant! Thanks for the recipe and will make again!