Dive into the savory delight of our Christmas Lima Bean and Mushroom Bourguignon, a delectable twist on the classic French dish that transcends dietary preferences. Perfect for cozy winter evenings or upscale holiday gatherings, this dish boasts layers of umami and a rich red wine reduction that rival even the heartiest meat-based counterparts. The Christmas Lima beans contribute a meaty texture, adorned with a striking maroon and white pattern, ensuring a satisfying experience for every palate. Whether you're seeking a comforting dinner or an impressive centerpiece for festive occasions, this bourguignon promises a symphony of flavors that will leave an indelible mark on your culinary repertoire.


  • 1 cup dry Christmas Lima Beans
  • 1 4 inch strip of Kombu
  • 1/2 onion (skin on)
  • 1 head of garlic cut in half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4½ cups vegan umami broth (or veggie broth) - divided
  • salt
  • tablespoons butter or extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1-2 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as portobello, cremini, white button, shiitake or oyster, cut into slices (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups peeled pearl onions, larger ones cut in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • large leek or 2 small leeks, white and light green parts, diced
  • carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • garlic clove minced
  • tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups dry red wine
  • tablespoon vegan worchestershire sauce
  • large fresh thyme branches
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for serving


  1. Soak the Christmas Lima Beans. You can do a quick soak by pouring boiling water over them and letting them soak for 1 hour or soak them overnight up to 24 hours. These beans will more than double in size so although I don't usually soak beans, I do recommend it for Christmas Lima.
  2. Cook the beans in a pressure cooker or on the stove with 2 cups umami broth, 2 teaspoons salt, a 4 cranks of fresh ground pepper, kombu, 1/2 onion, 2 cloves of garlic,1 cinnamon tree leaf and enough water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Christmas Limas plump up at least twice their size so they need a lot of liquid. I highly recommend using a pressure cooker or soaking the beans first because they take such a long time to cook. 35 minutes in the pressure cooker after a short soak, 1-2 hours on the stove.
  3. While the beans are cooking start on the bourguinon. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter, or olive oil in the bottom of a dutch oven on medium heat. Working in batches, cook the mushrooms (moving them as little as possible) until they are deeply browned on both sides. Add butter to the pan between each batch. Set them aside, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go. 
  4. Add the leeks and carrot to the pot, add more butter or oil and a sprinkle of salt. Saute until the leeks are soft. Add the minced garlic and saute 1-2 minutes. Add the red wine and scrape up the bits of burned on mushroom and onions.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour and the remaining umami broth (2.5 cups), whisking until smooth. Add the broth, worchestershire and sprigs of thyme to the pot. Return the mushrooms and onions to the pot.
  6. Bring back to a simmer and partially cover, cooking until the carrots are soft and the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce (approximately 40 minutes).
  7. Strain the beans and combine with the bourguignon. 
  8. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, egg noodles or Longhouse Hominy Grits. 

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January 24, 2024

Home cooks beware! I made this recipe last night. It is unedited and untested; having both instructional errors and omissions. And, because it is fairly involved I now recommend you read through it thoroughly and visualize where everything goes before proceeding and come up with a plan of your own to execute, noting the missing steps and ingredients. Both the base bean broth and mushroom wine reduction are delicious and some editing could elevate this from mushroom bourguignon WITH lima beans to a hearty protein and fiber-forward winter warmer.

Delighted with trying the beans from the Bean + Grain Club, and unexpectedly disappointed in this recipe.

Lisa Riznikove - Foodocracy
Lisa Riznikove - Foodocracy

January 02, 2024

@vickie this recipe will serve 4, possibly more depending on how much rice you serve it with.


January 02, 2024

Sounds delicious but would like to know approximately how many servings this recipe makes? Thank you for your time. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

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