Cook bacon pieces & set aside. This is an optional step but I think very worth it!
Keep flavor by using this pan for the next step. You can drain the fat & use olive oil OR use the bacon fat instead (my vote)
With oil (or bacon fat) & butter in pan turn burner on to medium. Once the butter melts, add onion, peppers, basil & garlic. Add Old Bay & salt & pepper to season.
Increase heat to med-high & Saute for 3-4 minutes until soft & starting to turn translucent. Add tomatoes to the pan & saute another few minutes.
Add baby lima beans & stock to pot. Bring to a simmer & reduce heat to low simmer with lid (venting). Simmer approximately 30 minutes.
Ladle into bowls & add (desired amount of) spinach on top. Add bacon pieces for garnish. Mix in and eat! This is delicious served with crusty whole grain, sourdough bread or even an Italian ham sandwich!
OPTIONAL POSSIBILITIES… (food for thought -HA)
Add 1-2 C diced smoked sausage or diced ham – add with sauteing step
Add a diced spicy pepper also for heat (I did this)
Add other veggies if desired like zucchini chunks or carrots