Italian Lima Beans

24 Jul

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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.

Add

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.

 

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