Monday, November 18, 2019

4 Ingredient Baby Lima Bean Soup

The best thing about cooler weather is making easy soups that basically cook themselves in a slow cooker. Today I am reviewing a new favorite; a super easy, four ingredient comfort soup.

A friend kept talking to me about one of his favorite comfort foods, lima bean and bacon soup. He told me how to make it. Initially, I didn't think it sounded at all tasty. But I tried it because, honestly, I'm lazy in the kitchen. And I don't have much time to cook. With my schedule the options are either easy recipes or fast food. 

I looked up Baby Lima Bean and Bacon recipes on the internet to make sure I hadn't misunderstood my friend. I hadn't. I made the soup and liked it so much that it is becoming a favorite.

4 Ingredient Baby Lima Bean and Bacon recipe


  • 1 lb of your favorite bacon (I've used both turkey bacon and pork)
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 (16 oz) bags of frozen baby lima beans
  • 1 (32 oz.) carton of chicken broth 

Cooking directions:

  1. Brown the bacon
  2. Saute the onions (until they are translucent)
  3. Place the bacon, onions, and frozen lima beans in a large slow cooker
  4. cover with chicken stock
  5. cook on high for 2 1/2 - 3 hours (or until the beans are tender)

Personal Preferences:

I use unsalted chicken broth to reduce sodium and add pepper to taste when I serve it. You can cook your beans at a slower setting and/or for a shorter period of time for al dente beans. As I mentioned previously, this works with a variety of bacon (including turkey bacon to avoid the pork) or the bacon can be substituted with smoked meats such as ham hocks or smoked turkey meats.

If I'm not feeling too lazy, I make cornbread to go with the meal. Otherwise, toast with butter is a wonderful and easy side.

Baby Lima Beans are Nutritious:

Apparently lima beans are not only delicious but are good for us. They contain dietary fiber, copper, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1 and B6 among other nutrients.  

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  1. Always fun to find a recipe that is both easy to cook and nourishing. I've never been a big fan of Lima beans, but I have several family members who are ~ the same ones who also have a slow cooker ~ so I will pass this on.

  2. Wow! This sounds like a wonderful soup. I would probably opt to use ham if I have it on-hand. I am certain my husband would love this soup. I will definitely make it soon! Well, as soon as I get the frozen lima beans from the grocery store. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. well how easy is that! I was just saying how I want to cook some soups - I need to get off my bottom and get it down. This sounds so good right now.

  4. thank you Dawn for this easy recipe. I just made a big pot of soup for yesterday's dinner too. It's cold and dreary and soup just warms me up from the inside out. I will add this recipe to my growing list of easy and good foods for me and my other half.

  5. As a big fan of easy soup recipes, I will be trying your recipe, for sure. Thanks!

  6. I love easy soups, we're heading into summer at the moment, but I will keep this recipe for our winter. I haven't seen frozen lima beans over here so will have to substitute canned or dried.

  7. You have made me want to try the lima bean! Bean soup is so perfect for our winter days!

  8. For most of my life, I've made my mom's mixed-bean soup in large quantities and frozen it to enjoy throughout the winter months. This recipe sounds delicious! Since I changed to a very low-carb lifestyle, I'll only be able to enjoy bean soups vicariously from now on, so have some extra for me, lol!


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