Italian-Style Lima Beans Recipe
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Italian-Style Lima Beans Recipe

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This Italian-style side dish will delight lima bean lovers. Not only is it a colorful addition to the menu, the combination of flavors enhance the beans to a delightful taste. The lima beans have a bite yet are tender and perfect with the delicate flavor of the cherry tomatoes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 99 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, cook garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and lima beans; cook for 3-5 minutes or until tomatoes soften and beans are tender.
  2. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, lemon peel, oregano, salt and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian-Style Lima Beans in Reminisce February/March 2009, p 50

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 98568
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Nice combination of flavors...loved the hint of lemon. I missed that the beans were to be thawed so they were a bit undercooked. Will make again."

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