giant lima beans cooked in dutch oven

Better Than Chocolate Cake Lima Beans

  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 10 hours
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Cuisine: Italian


Healthy vegetarian comfort food with savory giant lima beans cooked to creamy perfection with tomatoes and herbs. Serve with crusty bread or whole wheat cornbread for a filling meal.



  • 1 lb large lima beans
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 sprig rosemary, chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme, chopped
  • 23 leaves basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter (or olive oil to make this a vegan dish)


  1. Place lima beans in large bowl or pot, cover with cold water and soak overnight or at least 8 hours.
  2. After soaking, drain and rinse lima beans. Place beans in a large dutch oven or pot.
  3. Cover with water, about 1/2 inch above the top of the beans. Bring to a simmer, and cook uncovered for one hour.
  4. After one hour, add tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and butter. Continue simmering for 1 hour or until beans are tender.


Leave out the butter and drizzle in a little olive oil instead to make this a vegan meal.

Keywords: lima beans, vegetarian, vegan, comfort food, savory, tomatoes, herbs