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Butter Beans

Real Simple NOVEMBER 2005

  • 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)


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 26.57mg
  • Calories: 125.51
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Carbohydrate: 18.66g
  • Cholesterol: 6.97mg
  • Fat: 2.92g
  • Fiber: 3.68g
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Protein: 6.86mg
  • Saturated fat: 0.93g
  • Sodium: 316.6mg

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