Dad's Lima Bean Soup

Dad's Lima Bean Soup

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"This was one of my father's favorite dishes, a staple of depression era cooking when fresh meat was scarce and soup stretched everything. Simmered until thick, with chunks of ham, even lima bean haters enjoy this hearty soup."
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6 h servings
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  1. Soak beans overnight, or boil them covered in 2 inches of water for 5 minutes and let soak 1-2 hours. Let cool. Drain and rinse.
  2. Simmer the hambone in the water for 2 hours, or until the remaining meat falls off the bone. Add additional water if necessary to keep the bone covered.
  3. Remove the bone, set the broth aside.
  4. Add the olive oil, onions and celery and stir fry over medium heat for 7-10 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  5. Add beans, ham and broth.
  6. Simmer for 90 minutes. Add additional water if necessary to keep desired consistency.
  7. Add carrots, salt and pepper and let simmer another 30 minutes until carrots are soft.



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