Lima Bean, Zucchini & Spinach Soup

Yep…I’m bringing back the soup.

It’s quite fitting too, since the temperature in DC has plummeted rapidly since the end of September.  Watch tomorrow will be 90 degrees and sunny and then I’ll look like a fool.  Then again, nothing is cold in comparison to the long winters at my previous alma mater in upstate NY.  Getting a light sprinkling of snow in September or 16 inch snow storm in mid-April were all normal occurrences there.

When most students are busy sun bathing, breaking out the bikinis, and reveling in the lovely spring weather, we were busy putting on our heaviest winter gear, wiping out on black ice, and freezing our butts off braving the long walk to lecture halls.   Don’t believe me?  Here’s the proof:


I kid you not, my friends.  By the way, that mid-April snowstorm was also the visiting day for newly accepted applicants.  I’m guessing our applicant yield wasn’t so great that year.

Back to the soup…

I bring you…

Lima Bean, Zucchini & Spinach Soup

Lima Bean, Zucchini & Spinach Soup

From Seriously Simple by Diane Worthington

Seriously Simple Ingredients: 

  • Fresh or frozen lima beans
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Leeks
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Fresh lemon juice

Equipment: Immersion blender, regular old blender, or food processor


While I normally end up making adaptations to favorite recipes, I made this soup by the book, literally.  Which one?  Another one of my favorite cookbooks, Seriously Simple, by Diane Worthington (read my recap here).  Why mess with a good thing?  Of course, that being said, you could easily change up a few things with this recipe, such as adding more lima beans for extra protein, more spinach, or even some potatoes and other veggies.

However, I love the simplicity of the original.

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It is so smooth, filling, and the lima beans add a delicious, butter-y taste.  Hence, their ‘butterbean’ nickname.

Find a beautifully easy-to-follow ingredient list and recipe directions on Google Books by clicking here.

Lima Bean, Zucchini & Spinach Soup

The original recipes says it makes enough soup for six, but I think that’s being a tad on the stingy side.  If you were making this as a first course for a dinner party (which is how I first tried this one myself), that might be fine, but if you are making this for a main course, I would say it serves about 4 people (so each person can have one and half bowls).  If you want leftovers, I would do 1.5 times what the recipe calls for or you could easily double it.  You can always freeze soup and to be honest, most soups taste even better the second day around.

It’s even better with Cheesy No-Knead Homemade Whole-Wheat Focaccia…but you’ll have to wait for that recipe in my next post!

12 Responses to “Lima Bean, Zucchini & Spinach Soup”

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    Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) — October 6, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Your soup looks fabulous! I’m in a very soup-ish mood lately too. I live right outside of DC (west) and I had to wear a coat this morning. Brrrrr!

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    Teri [a foodie stays fit] — October 6, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    that looks so good! and totally healthy too! i need a punch of greens in my life right now. :)

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    Laura — October 6, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    Thanks Teri! I love this soup, it is in my top-five favorite soups ever, I have to admit (and that’s a difficult thing to rank). It’s really simple and the ingredient list is easy enough to get on hand. Let me know if you try it :)

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    Laura — October 6, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    Hey Andrea! I love hearing from fellow DC area bloggers. I went to check out your blog and your kids are adorable (love your blog name as well). I used to have a chocolate lab, so I completely know what kind of mischief they can get into (ours used to eat EVERYTHING!). This soup is great for the weather we’ve been having recently! Still can’t believe fall has come so quickly. Thanks again for saying hi!

    <3 Laura

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    5 — October 6, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    this soup will be so perfect to enjoy over the colder months! i love when bloggers make soup, theres so many wonderful combinations out there, and this looks WONDERFUL and HEARTY <3 .. and not to mention HEALTHY 😉 xo

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    Laura — October 7, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    Thanks Kelsey! It is a one of my very favorite soups. I promise you won’t be disappointed :)

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    Biz — October 7, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    I love simple soups, and even in the dead of summer, I can eat them! Looks delicious!

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    Laura — October 7, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    I completely agree with you on that one, I can eat soups at any time of the year. It’s also great to have chilled soups in the summer too! Love your blog name!

    <3 Laura

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    Robert Wilson — October 18, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    thanks for the post

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    Arden Quijada — October 29, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    This soup looks pretty nice. I hope it doesn’t take too long. Thanks!

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    Laura — October 29, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    It really is simple. Let me know if you try it!

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    Diane Worthinton — May 26, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    I am so glad that you all like my recipe! For more recipes like this one, you can visit my website as well, as

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