A highly rated recipe for lima bean soup from MyRecipes involves cooking leek and lima beans in chicken broth before blending the ingredients and adding seasonings to make a smooth soup. Green onions, sour cream and bacon form the garnish for this soup.
To make leek and lima bean soup with bacon according to the instructions from MyRecipes, fry 3 slices of bacon in a saucepan. When the bacon is crispy, transfer the pieces to a plate and crumble them. Sauté 2 cups of chopped leek in the bacon drippings, stirring the leek as it softens. Add 4 cups of fresh baby lima beans, 4 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to cook gently for 10 minutes or until the ingredients are tender.
Blend the soup until it achieves a smooth consistency before stirring in 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Season the soup with salt and black pepper; serve it in individual bowls. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream along with a sprinkling of sliced green onions and crumbled bacon.
The recipe for spring greens and lima bean soup from Epicurious is also worth considering. This recipe calls for dried large lima beans and the chopped leaves of either Swiss chard, dandelion greens or mustard greens. The soup also includes chopped carrots, celery and onion as well as canned tomatoes and chicken broth.