This is a heavenly recipe for a chilly night. It is quite garlicky, so if you don't like garlic, you might want to find another option for dinner! The ingredients are very easily adjusted, so if you really like tarragon, add more. If you hate it, add less, etc. The ratios are very flexible, so don't be afraid to experiment. The parmesan adds a lot of flavour.

Julia
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place rotini pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place lima beans in skillet. Season with garlic, tarragon, and salt. Cook and stir until heated through. Toss with cooked rotini and top with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition Facts

453.1 calories; 15.9 g protein; 56.4 g carbohydrates; 8.8 mg cholesterol; 580.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2009
I grew up hating lima beans. But I actually liked this dish. I didn't have tarragon so I substituted a combination of fennel and anise. Also I used lima beans cooked from dry. I liked what sauteing did to the flavor and texture of the limas. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/19/2008
I made this twice exactly as written because I had some tarragon to use up. It's a decent recipe but nothing spectacular. Cheese and garlic are always good though and I was surprised that just two cloves of garlic went a long way in this recipe. Mainly the reason I give this 3 and not 4 stars is that though I like most beans lima beans are pretty boring to me even here. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2009
I grew up hating lima beans. But I actually liked this dish. I didn't have tarragon so I substituted a combination of fennel and anise. Also I used lima beans cooked from dry. I liked what sauteing did to the flavor and texture of the limas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2005
This was one of the BEST pasta dishes that I have had in a long time. It is VERY easy to make and is done in the time it takes to boil pasta. If I could have given it 10 stars I would have. Even my 2 and 4 year old sons ate it and they do not like any veggies. Yummy!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2008
I had a can of lima beans that was an "inheritance" from my old roommate. This looked like the most appetizing way to cook them and after actually trying the recipe I think I was right. I still didn't like it very much but I'll give you credit for finding a way to make lima beans palatable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2007
Admittedly I didn't actually make the pasta; however I found this recipe to dress up my lima beans. I added Lawrey's garlic salt and parmesan cheese (based on this recipe) and they were the best lima beans I've ever eaten. Will definitely try the complete recipe next time but will also continue to make the beans this way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2005
A very quick and easy recipe. Good if you like pasta want a break from the typical pasta recipes (which I did) but don't want to try something really complicated. This took very little time to make is probably very healthy and tasted very good. The tarragon garlic and the beans complement each other perfectly especially with Parmesan cheese. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/19/2008
I made this twice exactly as written because I had some tarragon to use up. It's a decent recipe but nothing spectacular. Cheese and garlic are always good though and I was surprised that just two cloves of garlic went a long way in this recipe. Mainly the reason I give this 3 and not 4 stars is that though I like most beans lima beans are pretty boring to me even here. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2009
Well I was going for different and found it. Very good too. I love lima beans and I love pasta so it was clearly a good match for my tastes. This was a fantastic meatless dish Thanks so much. I truly enjoyed this one! I scaled this down for just myself and wished now there had been leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I was a little hesitant about using tarragon because I was not at all familiar with it. Turns out that I really like the flavor it gives this dish. I love this recipe and could eat it as a main course! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
Different and pretty good. Four stars with five-star potential with some tweaking. I followed the recipe except I used frozen lima beans (after cooking them about halfway). With a little more olive oil and a little more garlic this will definitely be a keeper! Read More
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