Lima Beans! In my opinion, you either truly love them, or truly hate them. There is no in between. If you are one of the haters, I’m hoping to be able to sway your opinion about these tender bites of loveliness with this recipe for Lima Bean Soup. First, I’m not talking about the lima beans you were force fed growing up. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those green things (usually came frozen in a box) that sat on your plate lathered in butter. As you kept pushing them to the side of your plate, just hoping they would disappear into thin air. Better yet, they would take a leap off your plate and onto the floor. Knowing quite well your doggie wouldn’t even touch them.
So, bear with me. I promise, if you try my recipe for Lima Bean Soup, you just may just have a new appreciation for them! This recipe is relatively easy. Cook time will take just a little over an hour.
HOW TO PREPARE LIMA BEAN SOUP
Pour your dried beans in a bowl filled with water and about one tablespoon of kosher salt. Allow to soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. You do not need to soak any longer, or even overnight.
Rinse the beans. Place them in deep pot with the butter and at least two tablespoons of kosher salt. Fill the pot with water. Just about two to three inches above the beans will work perfectly. As the beans cook, you may need to add more water. Bring to a boil.
Once the pot comes to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about an hour, or until the beans become tender. Keep watch to see if you need additional water. Taste for salt. The dried beans tend to be able to handle a lot of salt. So, do not hesitate adding more.
Try NOT to overcook the beans. You want them tender, but still have texture. When the beans are almost finished, add the diced ham. I love using one of these small, boneless hams from Hormel. The ham is fully-cooked. Basically, you are really only heating it up.
Ladle the Lima Bean Soup in big crocks. Garnish with black pepper. ENJOY!
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