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Butter Bean and Ham Soup

Updated on July 1, 2013

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Soup was one of the first foods invented. Every culture in the world makes some version of soup. People love soup because of its versatility and comforting effects. The soothing effects of chicken noodle soup during illnesses has created hundreds of versions of this classic.

Just like chicken noodle soup, there are many different versions of bean soup. One version made famous by the US Senate uses navy beans and ham hocks. The Senate bean soup began in the early 1900s and is still served today. A link to that recipe can be found below. Generally in bean soups, beans are dried, brown or navy beans that have some type of smoke pork added. This recipe uses dried or canned large white lima beans. In a journal article by L.Chel-Guerrero, M. Dominguez-Magana, A. Martinez-Ayala, G. Davila-Ortiz and D. Betancur-Ancona, 2012, they describe the antihypertensive properties of lima beans. So we could say that soup using limas can be good for your blood pressure as well as comforting!

Butter Bean and Ham Soup

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 8 oz Dried Large White Lima Beans, May used canned butter beans instead
  • 1 lb Smoked Pork Butt, Boston Butt, cubed
  • 2 large Carrots, sliced
  • 1 small Sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 medium white potatoes, cubed, (optional)
  • 1 can Chicken Broth
  • cubed Chicken or vegetable bullion, as needed
  • 4 cups Water, May need more during cooking


  1. Add beans to boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 1 - 1 1/2 hours to soften the beans. Drain.
  2. In a large soup pot, saute carrots and onions in a teaspoon or two of olive oil until softened.
  3. Add chicken broth, ham and beans to the pot. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Peel and cube potatoes and add to the soup. (optional)
  5. May add boullion to taste. Add water as necessary.
  6. Continue simmering soup until all beans and vegetables are soft and the soup starts to thicken. (If the soup becomes too thick, add more water until desired consistency).


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    • bblackma profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonnie Blackman 

      5 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks, it was always one of my favorites. You can even try it with ham flavored boullion!

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Mmmmmmm..........this looks delicious and not overly complicated. I hope to try this. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yum! I will definitely be trying this when cool weather comes. Shared!


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