This soup recipe calls for butter or lima beans as they are called. But you can also use Italian cannellini beans, which may be a little harder to find.
I have had a love affair with lima beans for some time. Here is why. Several years ago I was found to be allergic to any kind of sulfite. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to a lot of different foods and some body creams. If I ingested anything, like perhaps a piece of dried fruit, which usually contain sulfites, I would immediately start wheezing and I couldn’t breath for about an hour or more.
I was told that beans, especially lima beans had a trace mineral called molybdenum and if eaten, they would detoxify my system of the sulfites. How about that? I was sold on lima beans!
Lima beans, also, like most other legumes are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition to the lowering cholesterol benefits, lima bean’s high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from spiking after a meal, which makes the lima a good choice for diabetics.
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how to make Ham and Bean Soup Recipe ? Raw and bean soup recipe for below we gave the materials. and we told him how to do it. Enjoy your meal.
- 1 ham steak, cut in cubes (or any ham leftovers you may have on hand)
- 1 tbl canola oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tbl chopped fresh parsley
- 2 14.5 oz cans of large butter beans, drained
- 1/4 cup stewed tomatoes with juice, squeezed through a sieve
- 3 14.5 oz cans of chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
Cut ham steak in bite size cubes and fry in frying pan for about 10 minutes, until it is nicely browned. Meat gives off a better flavor to soups when it has been is browned.
Remove ham from the pan and set aside. Add oil to frying pan and saute onions, carrots and parsley for about 5 minutes.
To a 3 qt pot, add the ham, butter beans, stewed tomatoes, chicken broth and bay leaf. Bring soup to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Test for seasonings. Add salt if desired. Serve.
Often I will sprinkle chopped chives or finely chopped green onions over the soup. It adds a little bit of a bite to it.