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Ham and Lima Bean Soup

Pam Felstein trimmed down her hearty bean soup with savory results. The Owings Mills, Maryland cook suggests adding some instant potato flakes after the soup boils for a thicker version.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 8 ounces dried baby lima beans
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots (1/4-inch slices)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Place lima beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discard liquid.
  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook onions and garlic until tender. Stir in the broth, ham, carrots, water, jalapeno, parsley, pepper and lima beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until beans are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1.330 cups: 263 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 932mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 12g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • snackcake
    Feb 13, 2011

    Made us the receipe stated, i doubled the receipe cause we like to eat though the wk. A bit spicy,but very good!