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    Best Lima Bean Soup - Especially Wintertime!

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    5 hrs 25 mins

    25 mins

    5 hrs

    Squire David's Note:

    Wintertime soups and stews . . . nothing better! This recipe will give you a rib-sticking flavorful soup that everyone can tweak as much as desired to satisfy his or her own tastebuds. For those not partial to the taste of lima beans, be aware that this soup barely carries a hint of lima bean flavor, as the lima beans serve merely as the staple for this wonderful dish. This recipe makes a soup as thick or thin as you'd like.

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      1. Rinse lima beans and place in water along with quartered onions, carrots, and celery in pot or dutch oven.
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      2. Bring mix to a boil over medium heat.
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      3. When mix begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour.
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      4. Add the two grated potatoes and simmer for an additional half hour.
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      5. Add the balance of the potatoes along with the golden brown bacon (nix the bacon drippings unless you don't mind the fat and extra calories).
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      6. (Optional) Add one cup of grated cauliflower or one cup of flour for thicker broth, if desired.
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      7. Let simmer for an additional half hour, then add four cups of diced tomatoes (canned will do) for flavor and a bit of color, two bay leaves, 3/4 T thyme, 3/4 T paprika, 2 T lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, and favorite flavorful hot sauce (optional).
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      8. Either continue to simmer for three to four additional hours until done, stirring often and/or adding additional water to avoid burning the ever-thickening mix, or remove contents from heat and transfer to 7-qt. or 8-qt. crock-pot to finish soup at low setting for five to six hours till finished.
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      Add additional warm water prior to serving if somewhat thinner consistency desired. Okay to refrigerate broth overnight and then transfer to crock-pot next morning, with a little extra water, if needed, to finish soup at low setting for six to seven hours, but wait until then to add lemon juice. Some think this soup is a bit bland, but avoid over-seasoning while cooking and just let each person season to taste. Goes great with corn bread or a multi-grain muffin or roll. An ale really compliments the overall taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 26, 2010

      45 family of "lima bean haters" didn't even flinch! Can you modify the recipe for a crockpot? Thanks again for the crowd pleaser!

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Lima Bean Soup - Especially Wintertime!

    Serving Size: 1 (393 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 368.6
    Calories from Fat 157
    Total Fat 17.4 g
    Saturated Fat 5.7 g
    Cholesterol 25.7 mg
    Sodium 338.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.5 g
    Sugars 5.3 g
    Protein 14.4 g

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