Butter beans the way Mamaw used to make them! Lots of butter, cream, and bacon make these beans true southern comfort food.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Cover lima beans with water in a large pot and soak overnight. Drain and return lima beans to the pot; cover beans with fresh water.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Reserve about 2 teaspoons bacon drippings and drain bacon on paper towels.

  • Bring lima beans, bacon, and reserved bacon drippings to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans are just tender, 40 to 60 minutes. Stir heavy cream and butter into bean mixture and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; 25.3 g total fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 236 mg sodium. 36.4 g carbohydrates; 14.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I did not use the cream to reduce calories. I cooked the beans in chicken broth for 50 minues then added the sliced sauted bacon with 1/2 chopped red onion sauted in bacon grease 6-8 chopped baby carrots 3 stalks chopped celery and 2 tsp garlic finely diced 1 t Thyme & 1/2 t Marjoram. Another 25 minues until beans & veggies well done. Served with assorted crackers and fresh peeled sliced tomatoes. My son ate three bowls! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I found this recipe tried it and it is a love-match for life. This is my go-to comfort food. Pure taste bud bliss. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My daughter is a very picky eater. I made this dish with a side of cornbread and cut up some smoked ham and put into the pot. When we were finishing up eating I noticed that she was using her finger to get out off of the good stuff from her bowl. Yep I think I will have to make this again and again and again... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have never heard of butter beans before and i am very sad i have missed out on this for years. I made this and I must say this is one of the best and easiest things I have ever made. I have made this many times and it's always one of the best comfort foods you can have . really hits the spot Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I cooked beans in chicken broth and used less butter and whipped cream. Had some left over spiral ham I diced up. Delicious! There was none left! Must make more! Read More