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Quick, Easy and Healthy Lima Bean Soup

Updated on December 18, 2013

Lima Bean Soup

1 pound bag of dried Lima Beans, Carrot, Onion, Smoked Ham Hock, salt and pepper, chicken broth.
1 pound bag of dried Lima Beans, Carrot, Onion, Smoked Ham Hock, salt and pepper, chicken broth. | Source
Be sure to sort the dried beans.
Be sure to sort the dried beans. | Source
Filled pot of ingredients
Filled pot of ingredients | Source

Tasty Lima Bean Soup.

What a happy surprise!

Back in the 70's I made a lot of soup. When I first started out on my own there never seemed to be enough money to make things stretch until the next payday. This is one of my favorite soups to make. The first time I made it for my husband he didn't really want to try it...he was very surprised because he loved it! Now when he sees me getting the ingredients together he gives me the thumbs up.

It's amazing how quickly you can put the soup together. It literally takes no time at all and in a little while you will be serving up a real wintertime comfort soup. Actually it's an all year round soup, I just make it more in the wintertime.

One, two, three, four....

I first sort the dried Lima Beans. I discard any bean that doesn't look perfect. After searching for any stones and ugly pieces, I then rinse the beans. There is no need to soak Dried Lima Beans over night...they are not that kind of a bean.

Planning to make this soup is a no brainer for me. The day after I boil up a few pieces of chicken, I save the liquid and put it in a mason jar. I make chicken salad with the chicken and make or buy a nice crusty French Loaf of Bread. Then I put the jar in the fridge and the next day I skim off the fat and use the broth in the Lima Bean Soup.

Feed Your Family or Friends for under $10

That's right! You can make the Lima Bean soup for under $10. It will easily feed 4-6 people. And for under $15 you can make the Lima Bean soup and Chicken Salad Sandwiches!

What are you waiting for?

Don't wait to try this will go back to this recipe again and again. As long as they are still making smoked ham hocks or cooked ham and you can still find a one pound bag of dried Lima Beans you will be able to make this recipe. I get the biggest ham hock or two from a private butcher. If you have leftover spiral ham this is a good way to use some of it up.

Lima Bean Soup Made for Two.

When I make this soup for just my husband and myself, it lasts for a few days. If I have friends or family over and happen to serve some spiral ham, I make sure to put some ham aside for Lima Bean Soup. A Loaf of Crusty French Bread and Lima Bean Soup make for some wonderful Yum!

Use it or Loose it.

Be sure to use up all the soup before it turns bad. It would be a terrible thing to waste this soup. So don't forget it somewhere in the back of the fridge. Lima Bean Soup doesn't stay around too long in this house it's usually gone in two days.

Until we meet again...Francesca27

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: Serves four to six people


  • 1 Quart Chicken Broth, homemade or canned
  • 1 pound Dry Lima Beans
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1 Large Smoke Ham Hock, (or 1 cup chopped ham)
  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Chop onion, slice peeled carrot and saute' in 1 teaspoon oil. Add rinsed and picked over Lima Beans. Add Chicken Broth, Water and Salt and Pepper. Add Ham Hock or Smoked Ham. I usually add more water to stretch the recipe. This is a very forgiving soup so add more water if you want to stretch the soup. Be sure to taste the broth and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  2. Bring to a boil in a 5 quart soup pot. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Take out the Ham Hock and remove the Ham. Add the ham back to the soup pot. Discard Bones. Serves 4-6 people

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    • Francesca27 profile image

      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi alexadry: Enjoy the Lima Bean Soup...just in time for this kind of weather.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I like lima beans, so sure would like to try out this recipe. the ham hock addition makes it sound very yummy.

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      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      I do also poetryman6969, thanks for hopping by.

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      poetryman6969 4 years ago

      Tasty. I like this kind of food.