Slow cooking ease combined with fantastic flavor has made this a favorite at our house & even kid's 'yuk-lima beans' have turned into 'YUM--LIMA BEAN SOUP.'

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
7 hrs
total:
7 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until evenly brown and crisp. Drain and crumble.

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  • In a slow cooker, mix the cooked bacon, lima beans, butter beans and liquid, potatoes, celery, onions, carrots, and butter. Season with marjoram, salt, and pepper. Pour in the chicken broth.

  • Cover slow cooker, and cook soup 7 hours on Low.

Nutrition Facts

326 calories; protein 13g 26% DV; carbohydrates 43.7g 14% DV; fat 11.4g 18% DV; cholesterol 26.1mg 9% DV; sodium 1381.2mg 55% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2008
Wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly and my family loved it. Thank you for sharing. Regarding the question of Lima & Butter Beans: There are other names for just about everything in the food world, and in this case, butter beans is the other name for lima beans. There are two common varieties of lima bean — the baby lima bean and the Fordhook — but don't confuse them as the same bean in different stages of development. The Fordhook is larger, lighter in color, and has a stronger taste than the baby lima, but it is not a grown-up baby — it is a separate variety. In the south of the United States, Fordhook lima beans are commonly called butter beans. Many southerners wouldn't recognize the name lima bean. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/01/2005
I like lima beans so was optimistic about this recipe and the reviews but man the house stank like crazy all day while it cooked!!! Yuk! I made 1/2 batch left out the butter beans? nbot sure what they were. Didnt taste that great either. Read More
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83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2008
Wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly and my family loved it. Thank you for sharing. Regarding the question of Lima & Butter Beans: There are other names for just about everything in the food world, and in this case, butter beans is the other name for lima beans. There are two common varieties of lima bean — the baby lima bean and the Fordhook — but don't confuse them as the same bean in different stages of development. The Fordhook is larger, lighter in color, and has a stronger taste than the baby lima, but it is not a grown-up baby — it is a separate variety. In the south of the United States, Fordhook lima beans are commonly called butter beans. Many southerners wouldn't recognize the name lima bean. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2005
hi- i make a similar soup- and my good friends Linda and Martin love it. Only real difference is I add 1/4 to 1/3 lb. broken spaghetti or small pasta like elbows cooked at the very end. MKartin requests this a lot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2006
Overall this is a good recipe. If you're a fan of lima beans you can't help but like this soup! I didn't have marjoram so I substituted poultry seasoning which seemed to work well. I also used 6 strips of bacon rather than 3 and I added some chopped ham as well. Served it to a friend who said she didn't think she liked lima beans before but she loved them cooked this way! I am ALWAYS looking for new soup recipes and now this one's added to my archives. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2008
Sweet Lord I am in heaven. What a wonderful soup and my buddy for the football games is a soup hound. We had three bowls each and sat like toads holding our stomachs in the recliners. The only thing I did different was cook up the whole pound of bacon crumbled it and dropped it in. Two days later and it was still just as awesome for leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2005
I loved this recipe. It is soooo good and filling. I did smash some of the vegetables once the soup was done to give it a little thicker consistency. By the way sometimes lima beans are confused with butter beans; you need to specify green lima beens. Butter beans are always the big dried ones. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2005
We thought this was fantastic. Make sure to let it cook over 7 hours on low or start on high. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2005
This was fantastic. We love lima beans so we loved this and it smelled so good while it was cooking! Will make this many times in the Winter months.:) To the reviewer below... I have lived in Virginia all my life and Butter Beans ARE NOT the same as Lima Beans. Two totally different beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2005
In my husband's words: "For lima beans this is an excellent meal!". My 4 year old loved it and my husband thought it was delicious. The house even smelled good making it! It was easy to make and full of veggies that my child normally wouldn't touch. So I will definitely be making this one again and it really hit's the spot on a cold winters day. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/01/2005
I like lima beans so was optimistic about this recipe and the reviews but man the house stank like crazy all day while it cooked!!! Yuk! I made 1/2 batch left out the butter beans? nbot sure what they were. Didnt taste that great either. Read More
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