Country-Style White or Lima Bean Soup
Servings: 6
IngredientsPreparation
  • 2 1/4 cups [310 mL] navy or Lima beans
  • 4 ounces [113 g] salt pork or well-done ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup [60 mL] chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon [1 mL] salt, or more
  • 1/4 teaspoon [1 mL] ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon [1 mL] sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon [1 mL] freshly ground black pepper, or more
  • 2 cups [500 mL] skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons [30 g] butter
  • Cold water
  • Transfer navy or Lima beans into a large casserole; cover beans with cold water.
  • Bring to a boil; lower heat and leave to simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover casserole and leave to rest for 1 hour.
  • Drain then transfer beans back into casserole.
  • Pour in 2 1/2 cups [625 mL] water, chopped salt pork or ham, chopped onion, oregano, salt, ground ginger, sage and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Bring to a boil; leave to simmer for approximaely 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until beans are tender.
  • If needed, pour in more water while cooking.
  • Stir in skim milk and butter.
  • Cook stirring from time to time until soup is really hot, and butter melted.
  • If desired, season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper.