Lima Bean Soup Recipe
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Lima Bean Soup Recipe

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Each fall there's a Lima Bean Festival in nearby West Cape May to honor the many growers there and showcase different recipes using their crop. This comforting chowder was a festival recipe contest winner several years ago. —Kathleen Olsack, North Cape May, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 small sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 110 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine the first 12 ingredients; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add cream; heat through but do not boil. Sprinkle with bacon just before serving. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts)
Originally published as Lima Bean Soup in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p25

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Rabid_Monkey202 User ID: 5374101 263968
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

"Amazing! I'm extremely picky and prefer bland food, so I left out several ingredients and seasonings, but I literally cannot get enough of it! Next time I'll add the beans much later (they kind of dissolved after being cooked for so long)."

kolate User ID: 6873027 255823
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Delicious! This will definitely be part of our soup rotation."

jbpar User ID: 7645480 255004
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"My husband and I loved this soup! I did do a little tweaking because of what I had on hand. I used a bag of dried baby lima beans for the first time ever....I most usually buy frozen lima beans (fork hook or baby limas), as I do not like canned. I did cook the dried baby lima beans for a while before adding the other ingredients to soften them up first. And I did not have any sweet red peppers on hand but I had a seasoning jar of dried chopped sweet red and green peppers so I added some of that. It turned out great! Very thick and flavorful. Next time I'll make it with frozen limas and fresh sweet red peppers. And as others have commented on the difference of lima beans....the dried baby limas that I used tasted more like butter beans in my personal opinion. Lima beans have a different taste I think and are supposed to be green. That may not be correct, just commenting on what I was brought up on. Definitely will make again!"

Pilatespro User ID: 8683669 240969
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"It was delicious and easy to make:) Great food for a snowy day."

lsdteacat User ID: 3329960 240785
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"My family loves this soup! Perfect the way it is but I bump-up the bacon to 5 or 6 strips for more flavor. Sometimes I add a bit of chopped chicken to make it heartier. I am trying it today with crumbled hot Italian sausage added, just to change it up a bit. So easy and so tasty! I love this soup. I would rate it one of my top favorites!"

donnasgulfcoastin User ID: 2863920 235244
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"Question, are these the green lima beans or the brown lima beans (known in the south as "butter beans"). Not quite sure looking at the picture. Thanks, will rate again later after I make, but for now looks like a 5 star recipe to me."

walkerjo User ID: 7514182 221983
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Nice change to regular vegetable soup."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 219257
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I used a one pound bag of frozen lima beans and used 5 strips of bacon. I liked the soup because it was flavorful and filling and, best of all, low in calories, fat and carbs. While it was tasty I don't think my husband is going to be a fan of this recipe. I did use fat free half-and-half; not sure whether that negatively impacted the overall taste. Perhaps sliced kielbasa and garlic, as one other reviewer added, would give this more of a "Wow" factor. It's a keeper of a recipe because it's so healthy but it isn't at the top of our list of favorite soups."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2813946 15957
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"Very good, and different. Used a pound bag of frozen baby limas and sliced in some high end smoked sausage in bite sized slices-- put all in electric pressure cooker on low pressure for 14 minutes, natural pressure release. Added cream after cooking and it was perfect."

B.R.A.T...Pak5 User ID: 7596719 42794
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"I made this for my kids because some love lima beans and one does not. Everyone loved it and the one who does not like lima beans asked for seconds! It was a household pleaser.....they asked for it again 7 days later. I added some ham and garlic to mine. Next I am going to put some polish sausage. Awesome! Definatley, even better the next day."

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