Lima Bean & Bacon Soup

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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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


  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp
  • Smoked bacon icon
    Smoked bacon
    ¾ cup
  • Butter icon
    1¾ tbsp
  • Onion icon
    x 1
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    x 2
  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    x 2
  • Leek icon
    x 1
  • Ham stock icon
    Ham stock
  • Lima beans icon
    Lima beans
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    about 2 sprigs
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    about 3 sprigs
  • Bay leaves icon
    Bay leaves
    x 2
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Double cream icon
    Double cream
    ½ cup


  • 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. Prep and set aside smoked bacon: chopped
  2. Prep and set aside onion: chopped
  3. Prep and set aside garlic clove: coarsely chopped
  4. Prep and set aside celery stalk: chopped
  5. Prep and set aside leek: coarsely chopped
  6. Get a clean frying pan
  7. Add olive oil
  8. Heat in frying pan on medium heat
  9. Add prepared smoked bacon
  10. Fry in frying pan until golden brown
  11. Prepare a plate with paper towels
  12. Remove with slotted spoon
  13. Retrieve frying pan
  14. Heat frying pan on medium heat
  15. Melt butter
  16. Add olive oil
  17. Add prepared onion
  18. Add prepared garlic clove
  19. Add prepared celery stalk
  20. Add prepared leek
  21. Cook for approx 10min until light golden while stirring occasionally
  22. Add ham stock
  23. Add drained, rinsed lima beans
  24. Add fresh parsley
  25. Add fresh thyme
  26. Add bay leaves
  27. Add salt & pepper
  28. Heat and bring to a boil
  29. Simmer gently for 10min and turn off heat
  30. Remove
  31. Blend with stick blender until smooth
  32. Add double cream
  33. Stir
  34. Season to taste
  35. Serve
  36. Garnish
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