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    Barbs Butter Bean or Lima Bean Soup

    Barbs Butter Bean or Lima Bean Soup. Photo by RedJim

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    3 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    3 hrs

    Barb Gertz's Note:

    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.

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    1. 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. 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. 3
      When beans are starting to get tender add ham (& broth from ham) or Kielbasa, tomatoes, onion , carrots, celery and simmer until done.
    4. 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.

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    • on January 11, 2013


      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.

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    • on January 02, 2010


      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!

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    • on February 26, 2013


      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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Barbs Butter Bean or Lima Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (463 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 206.9
    Calories from Fat 96
    Total Fat 10.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 24.9 mg
    Sodium 569.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 4.0 g
    Protein 8.9 g

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