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An Italian Christmas Tradition - Lupin Beans

Lupin Beans, or Lupini are an Italian Christmas Tradition, simple and easy these served after dinner or as a snack, delicious. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: antipasto, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 pound
Calories: 635kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 1 pound dried lupin beans
  • salt to taste


  • In a very large pot soak the beans  (make sure the beans are covered by at least 2-3 inches of water) in cold water for 2 days changing the water 2x a day.
  • Then boil the beans for approximately 55-65 minutes or until tender (not mushy).
  • Drain beans well and rinse with cold water a few times, place the beans back in the large pot and cover with cold water (make sure the beans are covered with 2-3 inches of water), change the water 2x times a day and let soak for approximately 8-10 days or until beans are no longer bitter.  
  • When ready place beans in a large bowl and toss with salt to taste.  Bite the tip of the bean to remove the skin and eat the bean.  Enjoy!


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 2g | Potassium: 1764mg | Fiber: 47g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 5% | Calcium: 31.3% | Iron: 59.5%