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Fordhook (Lima Beans) Soup Recipe From Cross Creek Cookery

Updated on February 12, 2019
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Patricia is a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, whose passion is writing about what she feels and experiences.

Soup is on....

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This recipe is the third one that has been chosen from Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Marjorie shared this with us near the beginning of her cookbook:

Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company warms the being with something more than the mere intake of calories. I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore. Food eaten in unpleasant circumstances is unblessed to our bodies' good...

In passing them (the recipes) on both to motivate and to initiate, I wish that I might pass on, too, the delight of the surroundings in which they have been eaten.

My Very Own Copy of Marjorie's Cookbook

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According to many of the sources I reviewed, Fordhook limas are the finest and grow to be the largest lima beans. They grow to be plump beans which can be eaten fresh or canned and frozen.

A walk back in time...


For me making and sharing these recipes has taken me on a journey to the past...and to perhaps a greater understanding of Marjorie.

Living so close to Cross Creek, I can travel there often to feel her inspiration. To hear her thoughts as she gathered them preparing to write is possible as I walk the grounds and listen to the voices of time as they speak to me.

I only wish I had a wood stove so I could authentically prepare these dishes as she really did. I hope you enjoy trying her dishes as much as I do sharing them.

“Who owns Cross Creek? The red-birds, I think, more than I, for they will have their nests even in the face of delinquent mortgages..It seems to me that the earth may be borrowed, but not bought. It may be used, but not owned. It gives itself in response to love and tending, offers its sesonal flowering and fruiting. But we are tenants and not possessors, lovers, and not masters. Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons...

— Marjorie Rawlings

A Peek Inside Cross Creek Cookery

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About preparing the soup

For this recipe I did sieve some of the beans but I decided I wanted more texture to the soup so I used a fork for most of the mashing.

Marjorie suggested serving with a dollop of butter and I did that but added small dollops of sour cream too.

This is really a creamy little dish to enjoy. The biscuit is from one of Marjorie's recipes that I will be sharing at a later time. It is perfect for dunkin' in the soup.

Only a scant pinch of salt and pepper were added; again, add to your preferred taste.

Creamy, smooth, and satisfying to add to a meal as a side dish or to serve as the main course.

Onions put through a sieve for onion juice

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3.5 stars from 4 ratings of Fordhook (lima bean) soup

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4-6 servings

Gathering Ingredients

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Putting Beans Through Sieve

Dong this makes the bean product very thin and I wished to have a thicker soup. My apologizes to Marjorie.
Dong this makes the bean product very thin and I wished to have a thicker soup. My apologizes to Marjorie. | Source

A Fork Was Used to Mash These Beans

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Broth, Milk, Flour Butter to Bring Our Soup to Life

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, can use bouillon if in a pinch
  • 2 cups cooked Fordhooks or other lima beans
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 2 tablespoons unbromated, unbleached flour
  • l tablespoon onion juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of paprika, if desired after preparing

Instructions

  1. If you use fresh limas, cook until done and all water has cooked away. If using canned or frozen, heat or cook as directed.
  2. Press through a sieve or if you have a Foley food mill, use that to mash your beans.
  3. Set aside. Melt butter and add flour. Stir in scalded milk and broth and blend until smooth. Add limas you have prepared and onion juice. Heat through.
  4. Serve with a dot of butter and sprinkle lightly with paprika if you wish.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 140
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 44 g15%
Fiber 24 g96%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Soup Served up with Just a Dollop of Butter

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© 2013 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes it is, Rtalloni Great for our cooler winter mornings. And it takes me right back to Cross Creek which is just down the road every time I make it.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      This recipe is just the thing for this latest cold spree here in my corner of the south. It's the sort of comfort food for chilly days that keeps one from just curling up under a blanket and waiting for spring because it gives heart for pressing forward and making progress in spite of raw days . We love soups, especially ones that I can easily use needed substitutions for cow milk products in, so thanks! :)

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is a soup that sticks with you...it is satisfying and filling and is even better the second day. If you like lima beans, you will like this.

      I so enjoyed making it as I am so enchanted by Marjorie Rawlings.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello PS, this hub caught my eye, as I have been craving all different kinds of soups this winter! I love a good onion soup, tomato soup, and was thinking of split pea soup in particular. So this lima bean soup caught my eye, as I don't think I have ever tried it before. After reading, I would certainly like to try this, and thank you for sharing it! Yum, I can't wait!

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi dwilliam

      It is so good. If you like lima beans that is. It took me back to the fields of lima beans when I was a young girl. We picked them and Momma canned them and of course we ate a bunch. I never had this soup though till I used this recipe from Cross Creek Cookery.

      You will not be disappointed.

      Thanks for visiting today.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      d.william 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I am so glad i found your hub pages. I am making this soup today! It sounds delicious, and i don't believe i have ever heard of Lima Bean Soup before.

      I do most of my own cooking, as the stuff you find already prepared at the grocery stores are all laden with junk that can cause all sorts of disorders.

      Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am sure it will be one of my favorites.

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith

      Then you will like this soup. It is really even better the next day, warmed up. It is easy quick and and full of flavor.

      I hope you have a chance to try it some time.

      Have a lovely day

      Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith

      Then you will like this soup. It is really even better the next day, warmed up. It is easy quick and and full of flavor.

      I hope you have a chance to try it some time.

      Have a lovely day

      Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning drbj....

      Glad to see you visiting today. Yeppie, you are a fan of beans or not. They can present their own unique kind of annoyance :)

      But actually this is quite tasty...you might be surprised.

      Thanks for visiting. Right off hand I can't think of a pun about beans...but I bet you can :)

      More Angels are on the way ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning wabash Annie

      This recipe actually takes me back to when I was a child in so many ways. My Momma and Daddy grew and abundance of beans....limas and butter....and we often had them. Writing about and sharing Marjorie's soup reminded me of those days.

      thanks for visiting. And thanks for sharing your cheese making adventure.

      Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning wabash Annie

      This recipe actually takes me back to when I was a child in so many ways. My Momma and Daddy grew and abundance of beans....limas and butter....and we often had them. Writing about and sharing Marjorie's soup reminded me of those days.

      thanks for visiting. And thanks for sharing your cheese making adventure.

      Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Yum!!! I love lima beans. A lot of people do not, but I always have ever since a young child.

      Thanks for the great recipe!

      Vote dup +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I love both lima and butter beans and will be sure to try this recipe. I do have an old wood burning kitchen and use it for cooking, for drying fruits and vegetables, and for making beef jerky. You can see a picture of it on my hub Adventures in Cheese Making. I also have an electric range as it is too hot to fire up the other in warm weather. Thanks for your great hubs!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Although lima beans are not among my favorite vegetables, this does look like a wholesome recipe, Patricia, so I will share it with someone I know who loves them.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Pamela

      O I think she would like it very much. It is so full of natural flavor and really is pretty quick to make. Leftovers are as good if not better than the original soup is on the first day.

      Glad to see you stopping by this morning.

      Have a lovely Thursday

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Pamela

      O I think she would like it very much. It is so full of natural flavor and really is pretty quick to make. Leftovers are as good if not better than the original soup is on the first day.

      Glad to see you stopping by this morning.

      Have a lovely Thursday

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Awwww shiningirisheyes....

      You are a peach

      Yeppie, you either love the little lima or 'not so much.' When I was a wee bit of a thing I would eat almost nothing, peanut butter sandwich with Karo syrup on it was really about all I would eat and often not even that.

      But lima beans...for some reason I loved the limas. And as I have grown have continued to be a fan.

      So here's my thought....try this with a bean you do like...

      Thank you sweet lady for stopping by.

      Blessings and hugs are on the way along with the Angels. :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Happy Thursday to you....

      This is another delicious soup Marjorie shared in her book. I changed it a little as I wanted a little texture. i mashed with a fork but I left some beans partially intact to give it some texture. It made about 6 servings for me so I will be having soup for a few days.

      As a huge fan of lima beans, I will enjoy each serving.

      Thanks for stopping by this morning.

      Sending you many Angels today :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy

      We share a lot in common about our youth. We have had a number of experiences that were alike as children. My Momma and Daddy used to raise lima beans... I loved to pick them and to shell them. It was so much fun to squeeze open the pod and find little presents nestled inside for my waiting fingers.

      The limas I used in this recipe were not Fordhooks but I have some on order to raise.

      Glad to see you early this morning. Have a lovely lovely day Angels are on the way to your house :) ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy

      We share a lot in common about our youth. We have had a number of experiences that were alike as children. My Momma and Daddy used to raise lima beans... I loved to pick them and to shell them. It was so much fun to squeeze open the pod and find little presents nestled inside for my waiting fingers.

      The limas I used in this recipe were not Fordhooks but I have some on order to raise.

      Glad to see you early this morning. Have a lovely lovely day Angels are on the way to your house :) ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds delicious! Gave it a 5 star rating. My mother-in-law used to grow lima beans in her small garden in the back yard. I learned to love them from eating hers. Will have to give this recipe a try. Up and useful votes.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My mother would love this soup as lima beans are one of her favorites, so I might make it for her. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am a huge fan of yours but not so much with Lima beans.

      Sending many blue skies and pleasant days your way.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Love Lima beans..and it is still cold here. GOing to get the beans out and cook up your soup. Looks delish....Voting up and pinning.....Soup is so healthful and economical..what a combo.

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks, Bill. That is quite a nice compliment. Encouragement is a good thing (as Martha Stewart would say :) and when it is genuine it is so powerful.

      It is just so much fun sharing these recipes with you all.

      Have a lovely lovely afternoon. angels and a hug back are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just in time for lunch, PS!

      You know, I need to mention something. You have a wonderful writer's voice, and it is very noticeable when you are writing recipes. You manage to somehow make a recipe sound interesting, and that is saying quite a lot. Well done my writing friend.

      blessings and a hug,

      bill

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