Silky Soup: Butternut-Lima Bean

Desi and I are late sleepers. For a long time we both worked the late shift in newsrooms and it is hard, to this day many years after, for us to fall asleep before midnight. As a result, we have gotten into a late cycle with almost all of what we do, including dinner, which rarely makes it to the table before 9 pm and sometimes close to 10.

Now it’s a well-known fact that eating your dinner pretty close to bedtime is just not a good idea, because your metabolism slows down during sleep. We try to combat this by making the meal a fairly light one, usually a chapati or two with some dal and subzi.

Sometimes, it is just a bowl of steaming soup with chunky, crusty bread.

When I make soup for dinner I like it to be as nutritious and hearty as possible without being too heavy. I love adding beans, because they offer you loads of protein and fiber for a handful of calories.

For the soup I am about to share with you, I went with lima beans which, for some reason, don’t get their share of the spotlight in my legume-loving kitchen as often as they should. These amazing beans are not only super-healthy, but they are gorgeously creamy and delicious to boot. What more can you ask for?

I combined the lima beans with a butternut squash which made a wonderfully healthy addition to the soup.

For the garnish I used finely diced avocado- the creamy blandness of the avocado paired perfectly with the dish, as did its pale green color with the soup’s elegant orange.

The soup was delicious– silky and complex with the flavors of garlic and red chili powder. And it looked gorgeous to boot!

I am sending this soup as my entry to the Well-Seasoned Cook Susan, who is this week hosting the Weekend Herb Blogging event, started by Kalyn. Thanks, Susan, for hosting it!

Vegan Silk: Butternut-Lima Bean Soup


1 cup large Lima beans, soaked for about 8 hours and cooked until tender

1 medium red onion

1 medium butternut squash, cut into big chunks and then roasted in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Peel the squash, cut into a smaller dice, and reserve

4 large cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp red chili powder

Salt to taste

1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and finely diced

1 tbsp canola oil

Heat the canola oil in a saucepan.

Add the onions and saute on medium heat until translucent.

Add the garlic and stir about a minute.

Add the butternut squash and chili powder. Cook for about a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, so the squash breaks down further.

Add half the cooked beans and salt to taste.

Bring to a boil.

Turn off the heat and, with an immersion blender or in a regular blender, puree the soup until it acquires a rich, creamy texture. (Pureeing half the beans gives the soup its creamy texture while the remaining limas go into the soup whole to contribute a hearty heft)

Return the saucepan to heat, add the remaining lima beans and season with salt if required.

Warm to a simmer, then turn off the heat and ladle the hot soup into bowls.

Garnish with the diced avocado and enjoy with some bread!

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20 thoughts on “Silky Soup: Butternut-Lima Bean

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    April 19, 2008 at 6:37pm

    Protein soup with avocado , hum good one to warm up in cold winter nights….

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    Divya Vikram

    April 20, 2008 at 1:01am

    your soup contains several nutritious ingredients..they should have tasted great

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    April 20, 2008 at 1:35am

    Very nice! Will try this a day or two later when the kids have left and its only me and H.

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    April 20, 2008 at 2:12am

    a healthy soup. looks so refreshing, Vaishali! good one.

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    April 20, 2008 at 3:11am

    i love lima beans..they taste soo soft and buttery…the soup must have tasted soo good…drool drool:)

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    April 20, 2008 at 7:16am

    Excellent recipe vaishali, soup looks really good!!!

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    April 20, 2008 at 7:37am

    Vaishali the soup sounds healthy and delicious…nice colour:)

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    April 20, 2008 at 2:18pm

    It’s been fifteen years since he worked as a reporter, but my husband *still* cannot get to bed before one in the morning!

    This soup’s a beauty, Vaishali. Thank you for sharing it with WHB!

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    Happy cook

    April 20, 2008 at 3:17pm

    Yummy delicious, give me any time of the day.
    Yeah here me and hubby go for sleep late too midnight.

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    April 20, 2008 at 8:35pm

    Ahh! i can imagine the taste vaishali :D
    lima beans and butternut i bet they make a great combo.

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    April 21, 2008 at 9:42pm

    Hi Vaishali, Absolutely delicious and nutritious too.I love ur blog and I have added in my favorite links.

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    April 22, 2008 at 11:22am

    yummy and very nutritious soup gr8 work vaishali another good recipe with limabeans i’ll try as my hubby is a gr8 lover of soups and i’ll let u know how it came

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    April 23, 2008 at 8:43pm

    Yes Vaishali, we too call it as balehannina shikarni in kannada.

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    April 23, 2008 at 8:51pm

    this is a great idea for beans and butternut :-)

    love the new look of your blog :-)

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    April 24, 2008 at 2:12am

    such a halthy soup… very very nice dear….amazing… i an smell the soup here…. wow!!

    hey vaishali can u tell me how i can make my blog a bit more popular where in more people can visit it?… i tried sailu connect but after 2 mails she isnt responding back to my mails…. so was wondering is there nay other site…. if u know of anything… kindly let me know..:)

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    April 24, 2008 at 11:49am

    Very interesting mix Vaishali – the lima beans, avocado and squash….sounds delicious!

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