Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Cindy Barr
8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

This is a delicious, basic way to cook any kind of fresh shell bean or pea. You can add these cooked beans to salads. For another variation, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkle with crushed red pepper or a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.

How to Make It

Sort and wash beans; drain. Combine beans and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Stir in salt and pepper.

Ratings & Reviews

Kathies Review

March 26, 2015
I thought these were very bland with little taste.  I will not be making these again 

psfreeman's Review

November 24, 2011
Looking for something different to do with lima beans. Thought this recipe was great. I love garlic and thyme, but I didn't drain the beans. Having a little broth is nice. I will definitely make this again.

carolfitz's Review

March 20, 2010
First time cooking lima beans & made to directions -- except I drained the beans prior to final seasoning. Think that step was missing from the recipe. We like to use thyme on beans. Served with CL's quick meat loaf.