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Lima Bean Soup Recipe

Lima Bean Soup Recipe

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. YIELD:10-12 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 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 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: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Lima Bean Soup

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

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

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!"

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."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Nice change to regular vegetable soup."

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"This soup was fantastic. I did not add the cream or bacon. I did add turkey kielbasa cut up and some garlic. Other wise everything was the same."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I hate Lima beans, at least the way my grandma made them. This recipe is fantastic. I did tweak it a bit. I'm a frugal shopper and found dry limas 1/2 off. Could not resist bargain. Doubled recipe, used dry limas, more potatoes. Good 1st day, phenomenal after 2nd day, thickened and softened quite a bit. Didn't really need cream but that was the crowning glory. Red peppers added wonderful flavor. Would adding smoked sausage be overdoing it? Probably not. Thick, creamy, wonderful."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I make this soup frequently and it has become a family joke of sorts, because of all the people who have turned their nose at the description and title of the soup. They ALL now request it before they visit. My son-in-law threatens to not visit unless I make it and he was originally one of the strongest naysayers! Even I was skeptical at first and it is now one of my all-time favorites!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"This is a wonderfully flavorful soup, and I even forgot to add the bacon. I also used home-cooked butter beans instead of limas to save on sodium."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"Wasn't sure if I would like this since I'm not usually a big fan of limas, but this has a totally different taste than your usual lima bean side dish. Glad I added this to my collection of soup recipes! I put in extra carrots and peppers as well as a little garlic - made a great winter meal. Thanks for this great recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"This is easy to make. I like to make vegies chunky also add chunks of ham. When ever we have a cold this is the soup of choice."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I thought this was easy to make. Sometimes I add more of the limas, carrots or pototoes just to be different and it still turns out really good. It's one of those soups to eat on a cool evening."

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