Italian Lima Beans
I found a bag of lima beans in my closet.
Soak, Soak and soak more.
These beans were old so I was taking my chances on cooking them but I did.
One pound of dried lima beans
Rinse the beans
Add 10 cups of water
Let this soak in a pot overnight
Drain the water and rinse the beans again taking out any of the bad beans
Get another ten cups of water
Add the beans
Bring to a boil and then simmer for two hours with the cover on.
If the beans do not soften, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
Keep cooking the beans till the are soft then drain
If the beans do not soften discard them because they never will.
But I cooked mine forever and finally they softened.
Set the beans aside in the strainer.
In the same pot as you cooked the beans
Add 3 tablespoons olive oil
One large chopped onion
6 cloves chopped garlic
Sauté till the onions and garlic are soft.
One can of Rotelle diced tomatoes
One 16 ounce can tomato sauce
8 basil leaves
Then add all the beans
Season now with your salt and pepper
Let everything simmer for another hour.
You can use this as a side vegetable or add rice to make a wonderful soup or side dish.
Beans, beans glorious beans.