Lima Bean & Bacon Soup

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recipe by Octopus Publishing www.octopusbooks.co.uk/

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    40mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    4
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    434

The perfect winter indulgence. Crisp bacon adds texture to this creamy, smooth butter bean soup. Serve this silky soup with crusty bread for dunking. Any leftovers would make a tasty work lunch.

recipe updated Feb 19, 2019

Ingredients

  • Smoked bacon icon
    Smoked bacon
    ¾ cup (about 175g)
  • Onion icon
    Onion
    x 1 (about 140g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    2
  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    x 2 (about 90g)
  • Leek icon
    Leek
    x 1 (about 90g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 30ml)
  • Butter icon
    Butter
    1¾ tbsp (about 25g)
  • Ham stock icon
    Ham stock
    750ml (3⅛ cups)
  • Lima beans icon
    Lima beans
    400g (about 1¾ cups)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    2 sprigs
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    3 sprigs
  • Bay leaves icon
    Bay leaves
    2
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Double cream icon
    Double cream
    ½ cup (about 100ml)

Tools

  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Stick blender
  • kCook icon Paper towels
  • kCook icon Plate
  • kCook icon Frying pan

Step preview

  1. Add olive oil to a clean frying pan
  2. Heat in frying pan - medium heat
  3. Add smoked bacon to the frying pan
  4. Fry in frying pan until golden brown
  5. Prepare a clean plate with paper towels
  6. Remove with slotted spoon
  7. Retrieve meat
  8. Heat - medium heat
  9. Melt butter the meat
  10. Add olive oil, onion, garlic clove, celery stalk and leek to the meat
  11. Cook until light golden while stirring occasionally - approx 10 min
  12. Add ham stock, lima beans, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, bay leaves and salt & pepper to the meat
  13. Heat and bring to a boil
  14. Simmer gently and turn off heat - 10 min
  15. Remove
  16. Blend with stick blender until smooth
  17. Add double cream to the meat
  18. Stir
  19. Season to taste
  20. Serve
  21. Garnish
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