2 cups water
1 ounce finely chopped lean ham
2 cups fresh or frozen butterbeans or lima beans
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Bring 2 cups water and ham to a boil in a saucepan; boil 5 to 10 minutes.
Add butterbeans, salt, and pepper; return to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender.
Yields 4 servings