Baby Lima Bean Soup with Crispy Sage

A quick way to thicken a bean soup is to mash a cup of the cooked beans and stir them back into the soup.


7 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 17 Minutes
Cook: 2 Hours
Other: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 292
Fat 3.6 g
Satfat 0.7 g
Protein 15.7 g
Carbohydrate 51.9 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Iron 4.5 mg
Sodium 642 mg
Caloriesfromfat 11 %
Fiber 15.9 g
Calcium 82 mg


1 (16-pounce) package dried baby lima beans
7 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 bay leaves
3 cups coarsely chopped carrot
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 2 fresh sage leaves
2 center-cut bacon slices, cut into small pieces
2 cups coarsely chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Sort and wash beans; place beans in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans and return to pan.

Add 7 1/2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bay leaves to pan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 10 minutes. Add carrot; cook 20 minutes or until beans and carrot are tender.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sage leaves; sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp. Remove leaves from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.

Cook bacon in same pan 4 minutes or until crisp. Stir in onion; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat.

Drain beans, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid in a small bowl. Discard bay leaves and return beans to pan. Add 1 cup beans to reserved cooking liquid; mash with a fork until mixture forms a paste. Stir broth, bean paste, onion mixture, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and half of crumbled sage into cooked beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated (mixture will be thick).

Ladle soup into individual bowls, and sprinkle with remaining crumbled sage. Serve immediately.