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Butter Beans

Photo: Amy Neunsinger
Yield Makes 8 servings


  • 8 slices bacon
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound frozen butter beans
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calcium 26.57 mg
  • calories 125.51
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • carbohydrate 18.66 g
  • cholesterol 6.97 mg
  • fat 2.92 g
  • fiber 3.68 g
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • protein 6.86 mg
  • satfat 0.93 g
  • sodium 316.6 mg

How to Make It

  1. Fry the bacon. Transfer to a plate.

    Add enough oil to the drippings to measure 1/4 cup. Add the onion, garlic, and salt and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 25 minutes.

    Cook the butter beans according to the package directions. Drain, transfer to a serving bowl, and cover to keep warm.

    Add the honey and vinegar to the onion mixture. Cook for 1 minute, then pour over the butter beans. Add the pepper and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and goat cheese, if using.

    Tip: Butter beans are sweeter and more tender than lima beans, which can work as a substitute.