Braised Giant Lima Beans and Italian Sausage

Servings Number 4 people
Prep Time 00h 30
Cooking Time 00h 30

Braised Giant Lima Beans (Butter Beans) and Italian Mild and Spicy Sausage

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1 1/2 cups dried giant lima beans
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced cooking onion
  • 3 tbsps tomato paste
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 celery stalks cut in 1 inch sticks
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped celery leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 mild Italian sausages
  • 3 spicy Italian sausages


  1. Place lima beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak over night or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are soft and translucent.
  4. Add in tomato paste and cook for one minute until melted and aromatic.
  5. Add in tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes until tomatoes have slightly softened.
  6. Add in celery and leaves and stir until until well coated.
  7. Add in water, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bring sauce to a boil. While sauce boils, drain and rinse beans. Discard any skins.
  9. Turn off burner and add in beans. Nestle sausages on top and cover pot with lid.
  10. Place in preheated oven and cook for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  11. Increase oven to 500 F and remove lid. Bake until sausages are golden and brown.
  12. Transfer pot to table and serve with extra pepper, radishes, olives, arugula and your favourite crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
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