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Lima Bean and Fennel Stew

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Category: Vegetarian, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Dried lima beans
  • -Water for soaking, plus
  • 4 c Water for cooking
  • 3 md Potatoes
  • 2 lg Carrots
  • 1 lg Onion; diced
  • 2 tb Olive oil
  • 1/4 ts Fennel seed
  • 1/2 ts Thyme
  • 1/2 ts Marjoram
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • -- finely chopped
  • 2 tb Water
  • 1/2 c Dry white wine
  • 4 oz Mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • 1 sm Bulb fennel; diced
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tb Tamari
  • 1 tb Lemon juice


Pick over and wash lima beans, and soak them in water to cover at least 6
hours or overnight. Drain off the soaking water and place the limas in a
large stewpot with fresh water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and
simmer gently for 1 hour.

Scrub the potatoes and carrots. Cut the potatoes in 1/2-inch dice. Cut the
carrots in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Add the
potatoes and carrots to the limas. While they are cooking, saute the onion
in 1 tablespoon of oil until golden brown.

Crush the fennel seed lightly in a mortar and add it along with the thyme,
marjoram, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of water to the onion. Cook over low
heat for 3 minutes to blend the flavors. Add the wine and simmer until the
liquid is reduced a little. Scrape the onion mixture into the bean mixture
and return the skillet to the burner. Saute the mushrooms in the remaining
tablespoon oil until they turn golden around the edges. Add the mushrooms
to the stew, adding more water if necessary to keep the stew from sticking.

Add the diced fennel bulb, bay leaf, and tamari, and simmer about 10
minutes or until the fennel bulb is just tender. Add the lemon and serve

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